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Viewing cable 08NAIROBI378, KENYA: LINKING VISAS TO VIOLENCE

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08NAIROBI378 2008-02-05 15:03 2011-03-01 21:09 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Nairobi
VZCZCXYZ0018
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHNR #0378 0361552
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
R 051552Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4567
INFO RUEHXR/RWANDA COLLECTIVE
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 2642
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 2576
C O N F I D E N T I A L NAIROBI 000378 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR AF/E 
LONDON AND PARIS FOR AFRICA WATCHERS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/05/2028 
TAGS: CVIS PGOV KCOR PREL KDEM KE
SUBJECT: KENYA: LINKING VISAS TO VIOLENCE 
 
Classified by: Ambassador Michael E. Ranneberger for reasons 1.4 (B) 
and (D). 
 
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 
organizations. 
-- 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 
inter-ethnic violence. 
-- Zakayo Cheruiyuot, ODM MP for Kuresoi, suspected of inciting 
inter-ethnic violence. 
-- 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 
below: 
 
February 4, 2008 
 
Dear (Name): 
 
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. 
 
Sincerely yours, 
Michael E. Ranneberger 
Ambassador 
 
3.  (C) Post will convey identical letters to additional individuals 
in Kenya as warranted. 
Ranneberger