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Hundreds of Kenyans in the capital march against corruption

/ 08:21 PM May 31, 2018

Kenyans carry placards during an anti-corruption demonstration by hundreds of protesters who marched to the Parliament and Supreme Court in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, May 31, 2018. AP

NAIROBI, Kenya — Hundreds of people have marched in Kenya’s capital to protest against widespread corruption and deliver a petition to the office of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kenyatta is under increasing pressure as outrage grows over a number of corruption scandals revealed in recent weeks around the ministries of health, energy, agriculture, public service and youth.

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Kenyatta, long criticized for not acting against corrupt officials, said Wednesday there “will be no mercy for the thieves.”

This week 24 officials were charged with corruption-related offenses in a probe linked to the alleged diversion of nearly $80 million.

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Kenya is considered among the world’s most corrupt countries, ranked 143th out of 180 nations by Transparency International in its annual corruption index.

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