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Roselyn Akombe Reminds Senator Amos Wako Why He was Banned from the US

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Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Commissioner Roselyn Akombe on Thursday told Busia Senator Wako  to stop pretending he does not know why Trump administration blacklisted him.

“Need we remind you, sir, that you served as AG during the Moi era? Goldenberg scandal, the torture of human rights defenders,” Akombe wrote on Twitter.

While announcing the ban on Wako, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius Wako, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said Wako, a former long-time Kenyan Attorney-General, was involved in what he termed as “significant corruption.”

“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption,” said Pompeo in a statement on Monday.

Reacting to the sanction during a press briefing at Parliament on Wednesday, Senator Wako challenged the US government to table evidence that he was involved in graft. He further claimed that the US was unable to do so in justification of the 2009 travel ban.

“When the US issued a travel ban against me in 2009, I instructed my attorney to write to them to demand this information and it was not forthcoming. I still demand to know because I have never been implicated in corruption or prosecuted for the same.”

“It took over 6 months for my attorney to receive a reply. I am a man of integrity because I have never been involved in any form of corruption,” he added.
 

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