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Kenya Anti-Corruption Chief Resigns

By VOA News
30 September 2009

The head of Kenya's anti-corruption agency has resigned following a storm of criticism from Kenyan lawmakers, civil society, and foreign countries.

Aaron Ringera announced his resignation Wednesday, less than a month after he was re-appointed by President Mwai Kibaki.

Kenya's parliament had unanimously rejected the president's move, saying he acted without consulting the legislature.

Lawmakers and anti-corruption groups say Ringera has failed to prosecute high-level officials suspected of corruption. Ringera denies those allegations.

The United States had expressed "deep concern" about the situation. In a statement earlier this month, it said Ringera's reappointment, and the manner in which it was done, raise "profoundly troubling questions."

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