Nuhu Ribadu, the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and other global anti-graft advocates have called for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court (IACC).
The former EFCC chairman is among over 100 world figures, including former heads of states and governments, former government and intergovernmental officials, and representatives of civil society, governments, business, and faith, who have signed a declaration for the establishment of the IAAC to tackle high-level corruption in governments.
The Integrity Initiative International (III), an international non-governmental organisation fighting “grand corruption”, which pulled the signatories together from over 40 countries, announced the signing of the declaration on Sunday.
According to the group, part of the reasons for its call for the establishment of the IAAC is the abuse of office for private gain by nations’ leaders which thrives in many countries and has devastating consequences.
The group also added that grand corruption continues to flourish despite the existing laws to check it, not due to insufficient laws.
“The 187 countries that are party to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (“UNCAC”) each have laws criminalizing corrupt conduct. Yet kleptocrats enjoy impunity because they control the administration of justice in the countries that they rule,” the group said.
The group, which says it is dedicated to promoting human rights, human health, and international peace and security, noted that kleptocrats corruptly enrich themselves from the trillions of dollars being spent to promote global public health and counter climate change.
It is also of the view that because grand corruption “has global consequences and often cannot be combated by the countries most immediately victimised by kleptocrats, a new international institution – an International Anti-Corruption Court – is necessary and justified.
Kenya should consider joining hands with this groups in supporting the establishment of an international anti- corruption court to help fight corruption in the country. The international anti-corruption court will go a long away in advancing integrity among leaders and ensuring accountability.