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Foreign envoys pledge support for current anti-graft war in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Diplomats representing Kenya’s bilateral partners on Friday pledged support towards the fight against corruption that poses a threat to economic growth, stability and cohesion in the east African country.

The foreign envoys said in a statement issued at a national anti-corruption summit held in Nairobi they will rally behind home-grown initiatives to eradicate the vice in the public and private sectors.

"As international partners, we are committed to supporting Kenya’s fight against corruption.

"Achieving these goals will happen through strong political leadership supported by zero tolerance for corruption from all Kenyans," said the envoys.

Kenya hosted a two-day national anti-corruption conference to deliberate on innovative strategies to stamp out embezzlement of public funds.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy, William Ruto and leader of opposition, Raila Odinga joined hundreds of delegates to rally the nation towards zero corruption in all spheres of public life.

Foreign diplomats said corruption was a threat to nationhood and realization of long-term prosperity in Kenya.

"Corruption is theft from the Kenyan people, and it has long undermined the country’s prosperity, security and democracy.

"Until fully dealt with, corruption will undermine Kenya’s long-term progress," said the envoys.

They hailed political goodwill that has revitalized the fight against graft and pledged support towards targeted interventions aimed at containing the menace.

"We reaffirm our readiness to support specific commitments Kenyans have made in their pledges to fight corruption.

"These include establishing strong, reliable and independent institutions that reduce opportunities for corruption and bring perpetrators to justice," said the envoys.

They called for strengthening of investigative and prosecutorial agencies that are key in the fight against corruption at local and national levels.

Likewise, the envoys pledged technical assistance towards agencies involved in tracing and recovery of stolen funds.

The envoys said they will strengthen partnership with key stakeholders like investors lobby and civil society to raise awareness against corruption.
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