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Graft war:US Department of State barres Kenya’s former AG Amos Wako from entering US

Busia Senator Amos Wako, who is a former Attorney-General of Kenya. He is accused of corruption. PHOTO/COURTESY

Former Attoney General and Busia Senator Amos Wako has been barred from travelling to the United States for what the US Department of State has described as involvement in significant corruption.

In the Monday’s evening statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo also banned Mr Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

Pompeo said the designation was made udder Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59).

“Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States,”Mr. Pompeo said.

The letter further states that the law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.
In addition to Wako being barred, the Department has also blocked Wako’s wife, Flora Ngaira, and their son.

“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption. The United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.,” the statement read.

Mkarimu Media effort to reach Mr. Wako for comment did not bear fruit.

they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

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