The lead anti-corruption Agency, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has recovered public assets worth Ksh. 12 billion assets which were acquired by individuals through corruption. Further to this, the Commission has stopped the possible loss of Ksh. 10 billion public funds through disruption of corruption networks.
The EACC recovered the collosal Kshs.12 billion assets which were acquired corruptly in Financial Year between 2019-2020.
The anti-graft Agency’s Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak, further revealed that EACC had filed 14 applications in court seeking to have preservation of more assets worth Kshs.9.4 billion which were allegedly acquired through corruption.
Speaking at this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day national commemorations held in Mombasa, the CEO also revealed that in the same Financial Year, the Commission investigated and forwarded 163 high impact corruption and economic crimes files to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), adding that some had been charged while some are awaiting arraignment before the anti-corruption courts.
At the same time, the CEO highlighted some of the challenges that the anti-graft Commission he leads faces in the fight against corruption. Among these include the glorification of corrupt and unethical leaders. He cautioned Kenyans against corrupt individuals, saying, “do not expect development when you vote for a corrupt person, expect more stealing of money to buy your vote in the next elections.”
Mbarak also revealed that 2017 General Elections, 118 candidates were not cleared by the commission over corruption allegations, however, Kenyans elected the said leaders.
He called on Kenyans to vote for ethical leaders in the oncoming General Election in 2022, and not vote for people linked with corruption, only to complain when the said leaders are mentioned in corruption scandals.
The CEO also mentioned other challenges as destruction of evidence by criminal cartels and a weak legal framework for the enforcement of Chapter 6 of the Constitution.
He said that the Commission was working with Parliament to strengthen the laws. One of the interventions being sought by the Commission including barring persons involved in corruption and unethical conduct from seeking elective or appointive seats.
The Commission has made great strides in the fight against corruption and the support of Kenyans in electing ethical leaders will go a long way to support anti-graft agencies in the fight against corruption.