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Kenyan President Vows Decisive Action Against Corruption


Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki says he will take decisive action within days in the multi-million-dollar corruption scandals rocking his government.

His pledge Thursday came after Kenya's former anti-corruption chief told British television that he came under high-level pressure in 2004 to abandon a fraud investigation.

The BBC played excerpts of a tape John Githongo says he recorded when Kenya's then-Justice Minister Kiraitu Murungi pressed him to give up the probe.

Githongo, who left Kenya last year, has linked Murungi and other top Kenyan officials to a massive corruption scandal, known as the "Anglo-Leasing" affair that diverted more than $200 million from the government.

Murungi and the other officials deny any wrongdoing. However, Kenyan anti-corruption activists say they will post the names and pictures of the accused officials in public places to maintain pressure on Mr. Kibaki.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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