When it comes to security and integrity-related issues, the United States of America (USA), often known as the United States, is renowned for being a no-nonsense country.
Over the years, the nation has put travel restrictions on influential figures from around the globe who were accused of violating various laws.
Several Kenyans who were barred from entering the United States are on the list of those who received penalties.
In this article, we examine some of the well-known Kenyans who have been prohibited from entering the land of the free.
The former Minister was prohibited from utilizing an immigration statute signed by former President George W Bush, according to sources on Nation.
According to reports, the rule prohibits people from visiting the country or conducting business with it if they are suspected of participating in or profiting from corruption that jeopardizes a variety of US interests.
Murungaru objected to the ban, claiming it was political in nature.
He was quoted as saying, "Their goal is a regime change, or at the very least a mandate of who should sit in the Cabinet and who should not."
Chris Okemo and James Gichuru
The two have also been prohibited from entering the US on account of their alleged involvement in state fraud and money laundering to the UK.
Because of allegations that they illegally profited after giving a Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) tender to a Jersey-based company, Okemo and Gichuru are prohibited from entering the US.
In 2011, along with another Kenyan known as Naima Mohamed Nyakiniywa or Mama Lela, he was prohibited from entering the US.
A ban was imposed on the former lawmaker due to allegations of drug trafficking. Additionally, his US assets were frozen, allowing him to conduct business with any US company or individual.
According to a representative of the US embassy in Nairobi, the goal of the ban is to disrupt their financial networks so they can't be used for money laundering.
However, the former Minister contested the ban and even filed a lawsuit, claiming that the decision to have him banned was motivated by some Americans' interest in his businesses.
The man was quoted by Nation as saying, "The fact is that some people in the US want my businesses; they should tell me politely if they want me to surrender the businesses to them, but not use unconventional tactics to secure what is rightfully my sweat."
The former senator from Busia was prohibited from traveling to the US in 2019.
When Wako was banned, then-Secretary of State Michael Pompeo stated that it was because of Wako’s "serious corruption involvement."
Family members of the former attorney general, including his wife and two kids, were also barred from entering the country.
"The Department identifies Amos Sitswila Wako, a former Kenyan attorney general, because of his involvement in serious corruption.
The Secretary of State must also publicly or privately name such officials and their immediate families in accordance with the law. Along with publicly identifying Mr. Wako, the Department also did so for his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius Wako, according to a statement from Pompeo.
Wake argued in response to the suspension that he was unaware of the precise accusations made against him. Additionally, he dissociated his family from any wrongdoing, saying they had nothing to do with how he was carrying out his duties as attorney general.
"I have a right to full disclosure regarding all allegations of corruption against me, as do the people of Kenya. These vague charges and aspersions, which sometimes have a defamatory tone, do not aid in the fight against corruption
In March 2022, the US forbade the former governor of Nairobi, Mike Sonko, and his immediate family from visiting.
Sonko was expelled due to allegations that he participated in corruption while serving as the governor of Nairobi, according to a statement from the US Embassy in Nairobi.
"Local and international media have extensively covered Sonko's corruption. Part of the statement reads, "With this designation, the department reiterates the necessity of accountability, transparency, and respect for the rule of law in Kenya's democratic institutions, governmental procedures, and the actions of public officials.
Sonko responded to the ban by claiming that it was unfairly targeting his family and that he was being punished for defying the state.
"I'm stunned and horrified. While I was Nairobi's governor, neither my wife nor my daughters ever submitted a bid or was successful. Other governors are being investigated for crimes involving their kids. I have not received any charges, "He informed the media.
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