IT IS OUR MANDATE TO RECOVER CORRUPTION ASSETS, EACC RESPONDS IN ROW OVER KILIFI MILLIONS

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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has clarified that it is discharging its lawful mandate by investigating corruption and economic crimes within the Kilifi County Government as well as by its efforts to recover assets lost through corruption.

The anti-graft body said that it began investigating the loss of Kshs. 51million at Kilifi County in 2016, reiterating that this should not be construed as interfering with the County Government’s attempt to recover the Kshs.43million lost to fictitious firms.

In response to allegations which appeared in local dailies, attributed to the County Governor while appearing before a Senate Committee, EACC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Twalib Mbarak said, through a statement, that the Commission obtained injunctions to preserve some of the assets in question pending the conclusion of the cases.

Members of the Senate Public Accounts and Investment Committee had on Monday, questioned EACC’s decision to file a case stopping the devolved government from recovering millions lost through online transfer from a recurrent bank account to fictitious firms.

Mbarak noted that the EACC’s mandate in asset recovery should not be misconstrued to mean interference with remedial action initiated by Governor Amason Kingi’s administration.

The CEO further revealed that that there were many ongoing investigations in connection with the County Government of Kilifi. “The position as reported in the media is, therefore, not accurate and no clarification was sought from EACC before publication,” he added.

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