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FBI boss leaves Kenya after quiet 4-day visit, here is who he met

FBI Director Christopher Wray landed in Kenya on Saturday June 8 and left on Wednesday June 12

Gulfstream G550 jet attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigations

The Gulfstream G550 jet attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigations departed Washington on Friday and after a brief stopover in Portugal, landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at approximately 5:32 p.m. on Saturday.

The plane remained parked at the airport as FBI Director Christopher Wray quietly went about his engagements in the region.

No media communication had been made regarding his arrival or schedule, pointing to the private nature of some of his engagements.

The only updates provided were about the last leg of his tour when he met with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak, DCI Amin Mohamed and Director of Public Prosecutions on Tuesday, June 11.

Mr. Wray, who was on a technical and operational working visit to Kenya, was accompanied to EACC by a high-level delegation from the FBI and the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi.

EACC has a long-standing history of cooperation with the FBI which has seen EACC investigators benefit from various specialised trainings on undercover operations, tradecraft and modern techniques.

This has been particularly important in the investigation of complex financial, and economic crimes, corruption cases and recovery of corruptly acquired and unexplained wealth.

The meeting explored various collaboration initiatives for effective modern law enforcement, including countering transnational corruption and economic crimes.

There was a resolve by the FBI to enhance its support to EACC through training and acquisition of modern investigative tools and equipment.

The meeting also explored ways of leveraging on exchange of information to support tracing and recovery of corruptly acquired assets stashed abroad.

“I had a productive meeting with EACC CEO Mbarak and his team at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission about their important work combating corruption and promoting accountability,” said FBI Director Wray.

“The FBI will continue to look for ways to strengthen our partnership and support EACC efforts to safeguard the rule of law and ensure public confidence in institutions,” he added.

On his part, Mbarak appreciated the technical support that the FBI continues to extend to EACC, which has enhanced the commission’s investigations.

“Today marks a major milestone as we seek to deepen our partnership and explore areas of cooperation.

“With technical support from the FBI, the Commission will have a greater impact in investigating high-impact cases and robustly pursue recovery of corruptly acquired assets and unexplained wealth,” said Mbarak.

FBI Director Christopher Wray also paid a courtesy call to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

During the visit, the DPP Renson Ingonga expressed his gratitude to the FBI team for their ongoing commitment to enhancing partnership and collaboration with the ODPP.

He shared some success stories and challenges faced by the ODPP in handling criminal proceedings related to transnational organized crime (TOC) and terrorism financing cases.

The DPP also discussed the strategies implemented by the ODPP in fighting crime, including the use of plea bargains.

Wray appreciated the ODPP's critical role in delivering justice and offered the FBI's support to ensure the ODPP's mandate is fulfilled.

He commended Kenya as an "international leader in the fight against terrorism" and emphasized the importance of a strong working relationship between the FBI and ODPP to stay ahead of emerging threats.

“I appreciate what an important role prosecutors play in countering threats,” said FBI Director Wray.

“And I look forward to continuing to enhance our partnerships and cooperation with the ODPP,” he added.

This visit follows a similar one in November 2022 when the FBI, led by Assistant Director Raymond Duda, visited the ODPP.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations also hosted the FBI Director Wray at the Mazingira Complex headquarters for the first.

In an exclusive meeting held with selected Heads of Directorates at the DCI HQs, the eighth Director of the FBI lauded the existing partnerships with the country's topmost criminal investigation agency, highlighting key successes in counterterrorism and transnational organised crimes.

Director Wray further reaffirmed FBI's commitment to cooperation with stakeholders in adopting modern-day pragmatic measures pertinent to disrupting global threats.

Meanwhile, DCI Director Mohamed Amin conveyed his appreciation to his guest and the U.S. government, for the immense support the DCI has continued to receive through sponsored trainings locally and abroad, donation of state-of-the-art equipment and enhanced information sharing networks.

Amin noted that as a result, the DCI had managed to greatly suppress highly complex criminal activities, built its capacity and earned the confidence of Kenyans in its capacity to combat all manner of crime.

The two directors also responded to questions on national & international issues raised by members of the fourth estate.

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