President Uhuru Kenyatta sat down with BBC’s Hard Talk host Zeinab Badawi to discuss his visit to the US and his fight against corruption.
Zeinab asked President Uhuru how he feels about his family being among the 8500 people in Kenya who own about two thirds of the country’s wealth.
The president revealed that his family wealth is public information and that he declares his wealth every year.
“What we own what we have is open to the public as a public servant. I am supposed to make my wealth known and we declare every year, and I have always said, if their is an instance where somebody can say that what we have done or obtained has not been legitimate, say so, we are ready to face any court.” he said.
She then asked about Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi’s request for the audit of the late Jomo Kenyatta’s wealth.
He answered that the lifestyle audit can even go back to his great-grandfather.
“This is something I am committed to and something I am determined to leave as my legacy in this country,” he added.
During the interview, President Uhuru revealed he is committed to achieving the big 4 agenda and that corruption is a beast that he is committed to slay and it will not allow it to slow him down.
“As a government an as an individual, I am committed to this fight. As you’ve seen over the last few months, cases are now being finalized a lot faster. We are looking forward for our courts to do their part.”
When asked if even ‘big fish’ will also be prosecuted,
“You’ve already heard about them being presented before courts of law, what is remaining now is for our independent Judiciary to do their work and bring Justice to the people of Kenya.” he answered.
The President said his government is ready to support the Judiciary in whatever manner as an independent institution to ensure that the cases are fast-tracked.
Here is the interview:
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