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Busia Senator Amos Wako, wife and son barred from entering US over corruption

Busia Senator, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius Wako have been barred from setting foot in the United States of America.

The US Government said it had credible evidence to bar Wako and his family from setting foot in the US.

”Today, the Department designates former Kenyan attorney general Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption,” read a statement signed by US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo.

Michael Pompeo
US Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo. Photo: courtesy

”This designation is made under 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,” Pompeo said in the statement.

Pompeo said the US will assist Kenya in the fight against graft, a position often echoed by ambassador Kyle McCarter.

 ”Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system. The United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya,” Pompeo added.

Wako was Kenya’s fourth attorney general for 20 years, serving from May 13, 1991 to August 26, 2011.

He was elected Busia senator on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket in 2013 and was reelected in 2017.

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