A Kenyan banned from entering the United States over corruption accusations lashed out on Friday at Washington’s envoy to Nairobi for abusing his diplomatic status in a “callous and wild” attack.

U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger last week said a prominent Kenyan had been made permanently ineligible to enter the United States. In an interview, he later named the man as Joshua Kulei, an aide to former President Daniel arap Moi.

Corruption flourished in east Africa’s largest economy during Moi’s 24-year rule, and has continued under his successor President Mwai Kibaki’s administration, prompting action from Western donors including bans on entering their countries.

In a statement, a lawyer for Kulei said he was neither involved in corruption nor post-election violence last year.

“The ambassador’s announcements … are made for the sake of cheap publicity and the ego of a diplomat at the end of his career arrogating and assigning himself the role of a prefect and supervisor of Kenyan citizens and Kenyan institutions.

“The announcements he has now made are callous and wild … an appalling misuse of diplomatic immunity to orchestrate and propagate falsehoods … Mr. Ranneberger’s conduct is in bad taste, theatrical and cowardly.”

The ambassador was not immediately available to respond, but had last week said the travel ban was intended to help curb a widespread culture of impunity in Kenya.

Investors cite corruption as a major deterrent to doing business in Kenya, which otherwise has been one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most attractive spots for foreign money



One Response

  1. Ooops! I just saw this post & I’m like what? I fail to understand this. Why? Mr. Kulei is a man greatly known as a man of peace & who has greatly been a firm pillar to many people in our country. He is a hard working man has greatly put Kenya on the Map for his great investments. Now, if such a hard working person who many, many people depend on is called corrupt, then I guess, we have lost the meaning of the term. This Man is 1 person, but he is the world to many people.

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