Cablegate: Kenya: Linking Visas to Violence
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LONDON AND PARIS FOR AFRICA WATCHERS
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/05/2028
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SUBJECT: KENYA: LINKING VISAS TO VIOLENCE
Classified by: Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger for reasons 1.4 (B)
1. (C) To follow up on recent statements by Assistant Secretary
Jendayi Frazer and the Ambassador indicating that the Department will
review the visa eligibility of Kenyan politicians and businessmen
suspected of supporting, inciting, or perpetrating violence in Kenya,
Post delivered eight letters on February 5, signed by the Ambassador,
to the following individuals:
-- Richard Ngatia, businessman with PNU links suspected of funding
Kikuyu youth groups engaged in violence.
-- Njenga Karume, former minster with PNU ties suspected of having
links to the Mungiki (Kikuyu mafia) and other related criminal
-- John Mututho, PNU MP for Naivasha suspected of funding Kikuyu
youth engaged in ethnic violence.
-- Joshua Kullei, businessman with ODM ties suspected of financing
Kalenjin youth groups engaged in ethnic violence.
-- Henry Kosgei, ODM MP for Tinderet suspected of supporting Kalenjin
youth groups engaged in violence.
-- William ole Ntimana, ODM MP for Narok North, suspected of inciting
-- Zakayo Cheruiyuot, ODM MP for Kuresoi, suspected of inciting
-- Kabando wa Kabando, ODM MP for Mukurweini, suspectd of organizing
and inciting inter-ethnic violence.
2. (C) Text of the letter to the above eight individuals follows
February 4, 2008
This is to notify you that indications you may be involved in
supporting, inciting, and perpetrating inter-ethnic violence in Kenya
are relevant to your and your family's eligibility for U.S. visas.
The U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act provides for the denial of
visas to individuals for a variety of reasons. The U.S. Department
of State reserves the right to make such a determination and reserves
the right to suspend action on a visa application until such time
that a determination of an individual's visa eligibility can be made.
We request any and all information from you in writing detailing your
efforts to promote an end to violence and the achievement of
political and ethnic reconciliation in Kenya.
Michael E. Ranneberger
3. (C) Post will convey identical letters to additional individuals
in Kenya as warranted.