NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s private sector umbrella body on Wednesday
lauded the government’s tangible action against illicit trade,
rampant corruption and the enjoyment of ill-gotten proceeds.
Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) welcomed the arrest and
arraignment of suspects in the alleged theft of about 90 million
U.S. dollar taxpayers’ money via the National Youth Service (NYS),
the country’s premier vocational training institute for
under-privileged youth involved in some of its flagship
"Kenya Private Sector Alliance appreciates the speedy action
that has been taken against those who are believed to have
participated in the massive plunder of the public’s money,"
Kepsa CEO Carole Kariuki said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Investigators have rounded up more than 50 suspects linked to
the theft of 90 million dollars at the NYS and charged in court
with the crime.
Investigations were launched after it emerged that an unknown
amount of money could have been lost at the NYS through
All government procurement, finance and accounting have been
sent on compulsory leave pending audit of their lifestyles.
Kariuki said lauded the ongoing crackdown on illicit trade
and contrabands by the multiagency team, saying criminal
activities have permeated critical sectors of the country’s
economy, thriving on corruption and graft.
"We will continue supporting this exercise to ensure the
health and safety of Kenyans is not at risk, as well as ensure
genuine producers get the rightful share of income they deserve
from the market," said Kariuki.
She cautioned politicians not to politicize the ongoing war
against corruption, noting that suspects should also enjoy the
confidence that if convicted, they are allowed appeals until the
highest court of the land.
"We call upon others interested in the future of this nation
including the media, religious leaders, civil society to speak
out and also ask tough questions against those that may seek to
derail its future for their own political and selfish
interests," she said.
According to a recent study on the vice of counterfeiting in
Kenya, it is estimated that an approximate 300 million U.S.
dollars is lost by Kenyan manufacturers per year, while the
government loses over 60 million dollars annually as potential
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