Kenya calls US 'swamp of graft' cable 'malicious'

November 30, 2010 14:50


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NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's government spokesman says the top US diplomat for Africa called Kenya's prime minister to apologize for leaked US diplomatic memos.

Alfred Mutua said Tuesday that Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnny Carson called Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Monday.

The lead headline in Kenya's Daily Nation on Tuesday said US envoys see Kenya as a "swamp" of graft. The Daily Nation relied on a report from the German magazine Der Spiegel, which said Kenya is depicted as "a swamp of flourishing corruption" in one of the as-yet unreleased cables.

Mutua said that if the reports are true the US characterization is "malicious."

Kenya's government faces several allegations of high-level corruption.

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