Chief Justice Martha Koome hosted Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) boss Twalib Mbarak in her office where they pondered on ways to crush the menace of corruption that has bedevilled the country for years.
During the meeting, the CJ assured the EACC boss that courts will give priority to the conclusion of over 400 pending corruption cases seeking recovery of assets worth Kshs. 11 billion stolen from public coffers.
EACC recently announced that it had recovered corruptly acquired assets worth approximately Kshs. 25 billion and disrupted the possible loss of public funds worth approximately Kshs. 30.4 billion. Additionally, EACC Chairman Eliud Wabukala said they have successfully traced and pursued forfeiture of approximately Kshs. 25.5 billion by public officers found to own unexplained wealth.
It also emerged that the Kenyan taxpayer might have lost a total of Kshs. 11.5 billion allegedly from four public servants implicated in corruption activities.
The milestones have been realised through the current strategic focus of EACC, which is on high impact investigations, asset recovery, and corruption prevention. The assured support of the judiciary to fast-track corruption cases will boost efforts by anti-graft agencies to reclaim public funds.