George Kebaso @Morarak
Kenya and Uganda could face collateral sanctions alongside warring South Sudanese leaders President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar (above) for safeguarding properties the two have bought using financial wealth stolen from their citizens.
In clear indications that the US patience was running out over the sustained war in the oil-rich country which it links to perennial looting allegedly by Kiir, his exiled rival and their aides, a senior US government official said Kenya “has legal authority and means to locate, investigate and — if warranted — seize these properties.”
US Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker had a flurry of activities meeting with State officials and top representatives of banks in efforts meant to seek support in freezing the warring South Sudanese leaders’ bank accounts and property mainly in Nairobi.
“Pursuing real estate by itself will not end the war in South Sudan, but it would limit the financial resources of South Sudan’s war leaders,” said Mandelker.
She stated that her government’s patience is running out.
Already, The Sentry, a US-based NGO composed of financial forensic investigators, policy analysts and regional experts who follow the dirty networks, has identified three palatial houses in Kenya that Mandelker said could be scrutinised by authorities.
This comes even as the Raila Odinga brokered peace deal gains traction.