EACC NEEDS CASH BOOST TO RETAIN SKILLED STAFF IN FIGHTING GRAFT

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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) requires Kshs.4.8 billion against an allocation of Kshs.3.26 billion to effectively fight corruption, trace and recover assets and hire staff.

The antigraft body says that the current allocation went down from the previous year’s, leading to challenges since 69 per cent of that budget goes to recurrent expenditure. Despite these challenges, the anti-graft body managed to recover Kshs.26.7 billion public assets, secured 293 convictions and averted the loss of a massive Kshs.136 billion in public funds.

The EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak says that the Commission also needs 750 additional staff to bolster the workforce and accelerate the agency’s approved operations. Mr. Twalib said that the budgetary constraint has left the agency struggling to carry out its other mandates including education, public awareness campaigns and system reviews for public agencies. Further to this is a high employee turnover hampering the operations at the agency, despite investing enormous resources to train skilled investigators, who move to other local, regional and international institutions in search of greener pastures.

Mr. Mbarak indicated said that the high staff exodus started 16 years ago after the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) froze increments of salaries and allowances in the public service, creating stagnation with the dejected staff moving to join other institutions, leading to the current understaffing.

The fight against corruption is an area which requires highly trained, skilled and specialized staff, an area which needs to be addressed in order to maintain the momentum and win the fight against corruption.

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