Busia Senator and former Attorney General AmoWak. PHOTO | COURTESY
Why did the US government ban former Attorney General And Busia Senator Amos Wako from the country?
The answer is not clear.
But Citizen said on Sunday that it reached U.S State Department officials who declined to delve into details.
Officials who spoke to Citizen said the U.S looked at the nature of the corrupt acts, including any potential impact on U.S national interests.
“ The Secretary of State has credible information that Mr. Wako was involved in significant corruption while serving as Kenya’s Attorney General,” Us US State Department official told Citizen TV adding, “This directly impacts U.S. national security, economic, and foreign policy interests, and…those of partner nations.”
When asked why the US would ban him from entering its territory two times in ten years, Wako was at a loss to provide answers.
“Ask them, and please let me know,” said Wako.
The response to our queries was signed by an official from the “Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs” raising questions as to the context of the body of evidence against Wako.
According to their website, the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs was established in 1978 to “reduce drug trafficking into the United States from Latin America.”
It was 17 years later reorganized to its current stature with two key competencies including, “developing and implementing the architecture necessary for international drug control and cross-border law enforcement cooperation.”
The bureau’s website states that it “uses a wide range of tools to counter crime, illegal drugs, and instability abroad, including foreign assistance…sanctions, and rewards.”
The most prominent drugs case involving Kenya that is before U.S courts is the Akasha case.
When asked if he was involved in any way in a drug case facing the two Akasha brothers in the US, Senator Wako denied.
“ That I do not , and the little I know about Akasha, my name does not feature whatsoever at all,’ said Wako.
The Busia Senator has been named and has claimed ignorance on what his charges are.
“Let them share with me and also make it public for Kenyans to know the full particulars of the allegations of corruption against me,” said Wako.
But the U.S officials will not be sharing further detailed information.
The U.S. government on Tuesday banned former Attorney General Amos Wako and his family from the U.S for involvement in significant acts of corruption while serving as Kenya’s Attorney General.
“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,” US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said.
“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.,” he added.