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Tuesday, 23 November, 1999, 13:11 GMT
Moi confronts corruption critics
President Moi insists his money is all in Kenya

In a highly unusual interview, Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has publicly denied allegations that he has vast sums of money hidden in a private bank account in Switzerland.

The allegations about Mr Moi were made in respected British newsletter, Africa Confidential.


My family? Which one? I do not know who is doing what
President Moi
Speaking by telephone to Nation Radio, Mr Moi said he kept all his money in a named local account

"I do not have any money outside! Kabisa! [Not at all!]" the president told the station's deputy head of news, Makau Niko.

Asked whether any member of his family was sending funds outside Kenya, the president did not commit himself to a definite answer.

"My family? Which one? I do not know who is doing what," the president said.

"Take each person as an individual. There is no one taking any money outside with my knowledge."

'Imperialists'

President Moi warned he could sue
He said the article in Africa Confidential was the work of imperialists who were seeking to undermine his personal standing in Africa.

"If anyone wants to write that they should know that l can sue them to show where the money is," Mr Moi warned.

The Daily Nation newspaper described the president's direct response to the accusations as "unprecedented".

Aid donors have frequently criticised corruption in Kenya. A recent report by the parliamentary public accounts committee suggested that in the financial year 1995-6, approximately $10bn was missing from the public purse.

In addition to the allegations about President Moi, Africa Confidential said Mali's President Moussa Traore, Gabon's President Omar Bongo and the family of former Nigerian leader Sani Abacha also held funds in the Swiss bank, Union des Banques Suisse.

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