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Kenya to Freeze Assets of Corruption Suspects


Kenya's justice minister says the government will start freezing the assets of those suspected of profiting from corruption.

Martha Karua told reporters Wednesday that the assets include well-known buildings in Nairobi she said were built with looted government funds.

Karua did not name any targeted officials, but said her office is accelerating action on all corruption cases, including the so-called Anglo Leasing and Goldenberg scandals.

Kenya's former ministers of finance, energy and education all resigned recently after being linked to the multi-million dollar scandals. The officials have denied any wrongdoing.

On Wednesday, Kenya's Anti-Corruption Commission interviewed former Transport Minister Chris Murungaru, who has been ordered to account for his wealth. Murungaru told reporters he will not comply with the order, and said the commission should present any evidence it has showing that he committed a crime.

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