Kenya is this week hosting two high level regional anti-corruption events in Nairobi.
The events, 14th Annual General Meeting for the Eastern Africa Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (EAAACA) and the 6th Annual General Meeting for the Asset Recovery Inter-Agency Network for Eastern Africa (ARIN-EA) are being hosted by the lead anti-graft agency, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 15th-17th March, 2022.
The ARIN-EA meeting was officially opened by EACC Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Twalib Mbarak yesterday, while Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court Lady Justice Martha Koome will officially open the EAAACA AGM tomorrow, Thursday 17th March 2022. The theme of the events is Fighting Corruption Post COVID-19 Pandemic.
In his remarks during the official opening, the EACC’s CEO said that the Commission has benefitted from regional cooperation which has facilitated investigations with trans-national aspects.
The CEO further said that ARIN-EA has enabled the Commission access critical information held by foreign jurisdictions during its corruption investigations. He said that regional collaboration was crucial in a case in which Kenyan courts convicted suspects who were then sentenced suspects to serve over 67 years in prison or pay fines amounting to over USD 20 Million, terming it “a classic example of the potential of formal and informal asset recovery networks in facilitating complex trans-boundary investigations.”
Over the last 5 years, EACC has recovered assets worth over Kshs. 25 billion, and averted loss of approximately Kshs. 38 billion through proactive investigations and disruption of corruption networks.
Top leadership of EACC led by the Chairperson Archbishop (Rtd) Eliud Wabukala, are be attending the event.