THREE GOVERNORS ON EACC’S RADAR, AS ANTI-GRAFT BODY SEEKS TO TIGHTEN GRAFT LAWS

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Three County Governors are being investigated over their unexplained wealth running into billions of shillings, the anti-graft agency has confirmed.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chairperson Archbishop (Rtd) Eliud Wabukala said that three unnamed governors are under audit to find out how they acquired wealth amounting to a massive Kshs.11.5 billion. He made the revelation while presenting a report on the status of the fight against corruption to the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC).

At the same time, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak revealed that the Commission has made several suggestions to JLAC, “on how they can help us through legislation, reduce delays in concluding corruption cases in court.”

The EACC presented a memorandum proposing several changes to the
Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, the Public Officer Ethics Act, Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act, and the Leadership and Integrity Act, in a bid to strengthen investigations.

“We have reviewed the current legal regime and identified a number of areas that need improvement. It includes cases presided over by special Magistrates where the Magistrate shall hold hearings on a day-to-day basis until the trial is completed within two years from the date of filing the charge,” the memorandum reads in part.

The anti-graft body also wants State Officers charged with corruption to step aside until their cases are heard and determined. The Commission has also suggested an amendment to make it illegal for a person to operate an off-shore bank account without its approval, providing for a prison term not exceeding five years or a fine of not more than Kshs.5 million for culprits.

The slow judicial system has been a major impediment to the fight against corruption, with cases taking up to 10 years in court.

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