Kenya-US: Kenyan senior official banned in US

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The USA has imposed a travel ban on a Kenyan senior official for obstructing efforts to rid the country of corruption, reports BBC. Johnnie Carson, the US state department Africa chief, said he was considering bans on three other officials, but declined to release any names. Kenya agreed to carry through reforms after 1300 people died in post-election violence last year. The US believes some officials have deliberately been blocking the reforms. Mr. Carson urged Kenya to strengthen its institutions and eradicate corruption to avoid more violence after the next election in 2012. A power-sharing government was eventually set after weeks of violence following the December 2007 election, but it has struggled to restore stability.

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