National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani has allocated Kshs. 20 billion to agencies spearheading the county’s war against graft to boost their operations in the 2021/2022 financial year.
Estimates within the just released National budget , read yesterday ,10th June 2021, show that the National Treasury has set aside Kshs. 3.3 billion for EACC, Kshs. 3.2 billion for ODPP, Kshs. 7.6 billion for DCI in the upcoming financial year to improve good governance and sustain the fight against corruption.
These agencies have been at the forefront of the war against corruption and economic crimes in the country, investigating myriads of corruption cases involving billions of shillings of stolen taxpayers’ money. The DCI has investigated high-profile corruption cases such as the multibillion-shilling Arror and Kimwarer dam scandal and Kemsa, while the EACC has recovered billions of shillings of stolen public assets following investigations into thousands of corruption cases countrywide. Within the last five years alone, total recoveries of public assets amounted to Kshs. 30 billion and number of cases successfully prosecuted in court were 275 with 169 convictions. Some of the cases involved high profile personalities including cabinet secretaries, permanent secretaries and former and serving governors. Similarly, the ODPP has prosecuted many corruption suspects including the so –called big fish, negating the assumption that only petty thieves are arrested while the high and mighty get away with economic crimes.
This year’s financial allocations to the anti-corruption agencies supersede the year 2019-20 allocation where EACC was allotted Kshs. 3.1 billion, ODPP Kshs. 3.1 billion and DCI Kshs. 7.9Billion.
The government’s move to increase funds to anti-corruption agencies is a positive step in the fight against graft as well as a demonstration of confidence in the ongoing efforts by the agencies. The agencies should use the resources given and the existing goodwill to go full throttle in tackling graft hence justifying the hefty allocations.