The Chinese Government has pledged to support Kenya in its fight against high-level corruption observing that if left unchecked, the vice could lead the country to degenerate into a lawless society.
Speaking on Monday morning, the Chinese vice Minister of the Ministry of Supervision of the Peoples Republic of China, His Excellency Mr. Wang Lingjun, stated that China was going to support the Kenyan government in the areas of asset recovery and repatriation of illicit proceeds.
“We shall share our experiences in anti-corruption and provide an opportunity for you to understand the various challenges in this fight that you are struggling with. All countries have challenges but the support of the people we serve gives us the drive to ensure that we strive to achieve a zero tolerance status in China,” the third senior most ranked official in the Chinese Communist Party stated.
Mr. Lingjun was speaking when he led a high-powered delegation of senior Chinese government officials in paying the Attorney General Professor Githu Muigai a courtesy call at his office.
Kenya has further reaffirmed her position that corruption, if not controlled or eliminated, continues to remain a big threat to the survival of the state. The Chief Legal Advisor stated that Kenya could not afford to allow illegitimate forces outside the state to control the state as this would lead to the country degenerating into a totally lawless society.
“Kenya cannot afford to go that direction hence we must protect our country. Currently, as a government, we are trying to marshal the discipline we need to confront these cartels who are trying to control the state using illegal processes and illicit proceeds,” Muigai reiterated.
The Chinese leader went on to state, “We are committed to ensuring we have a zero tolerance policy towards corruption. Over the last three years, China has managed to recover close to 8 billion US dollars with almost 200 high ranking officials at the ministerial level having been arrested. Of these, China thanks the Kenyan government for its assistance in the arrest and repatriation of one of the criminals who had sought a safe haven here,”
The two governments have proposed to further enhance bilateral cooperation and exchanges as well as establish and improve cooperation mechanisms in the repatriation and recovery of assets.
Present during the courtesy call were Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro, Director of the Directorate of Criminal investigations, Ms. Muthoni Kimani, Director of the Assets Recovery Agency, Ms. Caroline Muchunu from the Financial Reporting Centre and James Muraya from the ethics and Anti-Corruption Authority.