Anti-graft agencies are seeking to recover property worth Ksh. 226 billion believed to have been acquired corruptly. The assets are owned by high-ranking individuals serving in the national and county governments and their associates, mostly used as proxies in corruption deals. The targeted individuals are facing corruption cases in various courts while others are still being investigated.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji stated that the conviction rate in corruption cases has increased from 37.6 percent in 2017 to 70 percent in April 2021 He also stated that anti-graft agencies have narrowed down on properties, assets and cash worth Ksh.226 billion for recovery upon successful prosecution of some 140 high profile corruption cases in court.
Fifty-nine percent of these cases were registered in court between January 2018 and April this year.
The individuals in question are suspected to have used their positions to steal from public coffers either solely or via their associates, including close family members.
Several former State officials have already lost property worth hundreds of millions of shillings while others, including six current and former governors are fighting to protect their assets worth billions of shillings from being seized.
EACC recently revealed that it was pursuing property worth billions of shillings belonging to some governors which are suspected to be proceeds of corruption or crime.
In the last five years, EACC has recovered ill-gotten assets worth Ksh.25 billion held by different individuals with Ksh. 6.2 billion recovered in 2020 alone. The agency is currently pursuing the recovery of another Sh25 billion worth of assets linked to former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, Okoth Obado (Migori) and Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), all of whom are facing corruption changes.
Already, EACC has filed recovery suits against Obado, Lenolkulal and Wa Iria’s assets with some success on the latter’s case. The Anti-Corruption Court has frozen several properties in Umoja Innercore, Nairobi and 13 acres in Mweiga, Nyeri worth millions of shillings associated with Wa Iria.
Un-explained wealth is an innovative strategy by anti-graft agencies to recover corruptly acquired public assets.
These and more strategies should be used rigorously to aid the war against corruption and help in curtailing the vice.