Kenya: warning about terrorist risks and still corruption problems

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The United States and Great Britain have issued warnings of terrorist risks in Kenya. France Diplomatie also issued advice. Separately, EU Ambassador to Kenya Henriette Geiger said Kenya’s reluctance to tackle corruption and money laundering could scare off investors.

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Several areas concerned

It mentions Nairobi but also five areas where non-essential travel is prohibited. Garissa Oriental County, Mandera County, Tana River County and Athi Galana Sabaki

Places frequented by foreigners, tourists or business travelers continue to be attractive targets for terrorists. These plan to carry out potentially imminent attacks.

France Diplomatie also provides advice

“As a reminder, the risk of an attack being high, French residents or those passing through abroad are called upon to show maximum vigilance.

In particular, you should stay away from any gatherings and be careful when traveling. It is also recommended to keep informed of the situation and the risks, by consulting the recommendations of the Travel Advice. . In addition, the risks of yellow fever are also mentioned.

Kenya: corruption and money laundering

The European Union has warned that Kenya is at risk of being blacklisted for corruption and money laundering, revisiting an old problem that Nairobi was struggling to contain. The European Union Ambassador said: “For us, we believe that tackling corruption is in Kenya’s best interest, as it is perhaps the most determining factor in investment. And also, Kenya is on the watch list for money laundering”

“If Kenya doesn’t make an effort, it will be blacklisted and that has a lot of very negative consequences. The most important thing is that investors are hesitant.

Ms Geiger was reacting to Transparency International’s recent Corruption Index.

The global civil society organization leading the fight against corruption ranked Kenya 123rd out of 180 countries and territories assessed, with a score of 32 out of 100, a slight improvement from the score of 30 points in 2021.

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