June 28, 2018 / 12:30 PM / 20 days ago

Kenya's president says brother not immune from prosecution in graft crackdown

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday his brother Muhoho, a director in a company that has been accused in parliament of importing contraband sugar, should be charged if there is clear evidence against him.

FILE PHOTO: Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for the 30th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and the Government of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia January 29, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

The government of the East African nation is in the middle of a crackdown against what it calls illicit goods, estimated at 40 percent of all traded goods, that businesses say stifle the local manufacturing sector through unfair competition.

“There is no going back in war against corruption,” Kenyatta said after opening a Kenya-U.S. trade meeting. “If there is evidence against anyone, including my brother, charge them.”

Editing by Omar Mohammed; editing by John Stonestreet

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