EACC recovers Ksh 9B in assets, 400 graft cases pending


EACC recovers Ksh 9B in assets, 400 graft cases pending

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has so far recovered nine billion shillings in assets that were either acquired illegally or through looted taxpayer’s cash.

The assets are expected to rise as there are several civil cases pending in various courts.

This emerged during a one-day Servant Leadership Forum held in Naivasha and organized by Ethics and Integrity Institute and the Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI).

According to EACC Head of Corporate Relations Kairichi Marimba, corruption remains one of the biggest challenges facing the country.

He was, however, quick to note that the commission was up to the task adding that in the last one year, EACC had recorded 150 convictions.

“We have recovered assets worth over Ksh 9 billion and we have over 400 cases either pending in the law courts or at the DPP’s office,” he said.

Marimba said that they were investigating nearly all the counties mainly in procurement adding that human capacity was the biggest challenge that the commission faced.

On her part, the Executive Director Ethics and Integrity Institute, Jacky Nyandeje, said that Kenya’s poor ranking in fighting corruption was affecting investor confidence.

She said that the country was in crisis adding that corruption and high cost of doing business was the undoing factor for the country.

Nyandeje said that the institute was closely working with EACC in training senior managers in government agencies to be servant leaders with a view of fighting graft.

“Recent reports paint the country negatively in terms of corruption and the political leadership should be leading in the fight against graft,” she said.

She, however, was quick to commend the move to vet public figures but questioned who was evaluating those vetting the job seekers.

“Corruption, insecurity and the tedious efforts to acquire various licenses have been identified as some of the major challenges that are locking away investors,” she said.

Report by Karanja Kimani

 

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