The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Twalib Mbarak has been elected to the Executive Committee of the global International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA). This recognition acknowledges Kenya’s efforts and achievements in the fight against corruption.
The EACC CEO Mbarak will represent Africa at the global anti-corruption body for a period of three years. He will be representing the East and Central Africa regions at the IAACA Executive Committee. Other countries that were appointed to be part of the committee include South Africa, Mauritius, Senegal and Morocco.
In just one Financial Years 2019/2020, EACC concluded 163 high impact investigations and forwarded the cases to Director of Public prosecutions for prosecution. It recovered corruptly acquired assets worth Ksh. 12Billion. EACC filed 14 applications in courts for preservation of assets worth approximately Kshs. 9.4 Billion.
The anti-graft Commission also averted loss of public funds worth an estimated Kshs. 10billion.
Adopting the IAACA objectives in its fight against corruption, EACC has worked collaboratively with both State and Non-State actors to combat and prevent corruption among them the National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ); the Multi Agency Team (MAT) on corruption and economic crimes; Kenya Leadership and Integrity Forum (KLIF); Forum on Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices (CCIOs); and County Governments among others.
The anti-graft body has also, through strategic focus on several high-impact investigations posting high results including prosecution and convictions of high-profile Kenyans, among them County Governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Members of Parliament, Principal Secretaries, Managing Directors and directors of private companies caught in corruption web.
IAACA which was establishment in 2006, is instrumental in the fight against corruption. It is an independent, non-political, anti-corruption organization. Its membership includes institutions responsible for investigation, prosecution and prevention of corruption around the world, drawn from over 140 countries. Regions participate in the Association through organizational and individual membership.
The objective of IAACA is to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), specifically 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs), by fostering constructive collaboration among its members in the prevention and control of corruption, as well as in asset recovery and international cooperation. The targets for anti-corruption bodies are outlined under SDGs Goal 16 which emphasizes the importance of promoting peaceful, corruption-free and inclusive societies for sustainable development.
IAACA’s responsibilities include promoting international cooperation in the prevention, investigation and adjudication of corruption offences, and facilitating the exchange of expertise among global anti-corruption authorities.
It is also the role of IAACA to promote measures for the prevention of corruption in both the public and private sectors, and examining of comparative criminal law and procedure and best practices.
The election of the EACC CEO to the international body is a no mean feat, and is recognition of the great achievements the EACC has made over the years, making Kenya one of the leading countries in the fight against corruption in Africa. The Kenya anti-graft lead body attracts many regional institutions who visit the commission for benchmarking.