Kenya’s President Vows Corruption Crackdown on Banks, Officials

NAIROBI — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday vowed to introduce anti-graft legislation, blacklist officials, and strip licenses from banks violating money laundering rules, as part of a fresh crackdown on corruption in the East African nation.

Public frustration in the nation of 44 million people has mounted in recent months over the failure to prosecute top officials accused of graft, raising pressure on Kenyatta, who says it is a top priority for his government.

The president warned that theft by government officials was hurting Kenya's economic development and promised to improve the investigation of graft and increase prosecutions.

"I will lead a national coordinated effort … to reverse perverse incentives that lead to corruption, close the loopholes that dishonest officials use to steal and to tighten our legislation work," Kenyatta said in a televised speech.

Kenyatta spoke after Bob Collymore, chief executive of Kenya's telecoms biggest telecoms firm Safaricom, presented him with a proposed anti-bribery bill drafted by the private sector. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON VOA NEWS WEBSITE

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