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Monday, 29 January, 2001, 12:46 GMT
Kenyan anti-corruption director resigns

The director of Kenya's anti-corruption body, Justice Aaron Ringera, has resigned.

A court ruled last month that his appointment was unconstitutional because it violated the principle of separation of powers between the judiciary and the executive arms of government.

The ruling also stripped the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority KACA of its powers to investigate and prosecute.

Afterwards, the head of the civil service, Richard Leakey, asked Mr Ringera to resign.

Correspondents say the emasculation of the KACA is one of the factors which prompted the International Monetary Fund to stall a new aid programme for Kenya earlier this month.

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