FORMATION OF AN AFRICAN ANTI-CORRUPTION ASSOCIATION
An authority to fight corruption across the African Continent has been established by Heads of 31 institutions charged with the responsibility to combat and prevent corruption in their respective countries throughout Africa.
The move was borne out of the realization that a continent-wide Association of Anti- Corruption Authorities would make the African Union Convention for Preventing and Combating Corruption more effective. The newly formed Authority will also strengthen national bodies' cooperation with each other in detecting, tracing, recovering assets and investigating corruption cases. The Association will afford a forum for sharing of best practices to enhance prevention of corruption and public education.
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) which was represented by a strong delegation led by Prof. PLO Lumumba, welcomed the formation of the Authority as it awaits the deliberations and passing of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). The Article 11 of the draft EACC Bill states that "The Commiss.on mayin the performance of its functions and execution of its powers co-operate with or seek assistance from any foreign Ethics and Anti-corruptjon agency". Article 12 continues to state that "The Commission may conduct investigations and, subject to section 12, jnsti'tute criminal proceedings under any provision of any international treaty or convention which in terms of artfc/e 6 of the Constitution, applies to or in Kenya. ''
The President of the Republic of Burundi H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza, officially opened the Anti-Corruption Conference. An Interim Steering Committee was formed headed by Dr. Jean Baptiste Elias, President of the Observatory for the Fight Against Corruption in the Republic of Benin and representing the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region. Other members of the Interim Steering Committee are Prof. PLO Lumumba of KACC representing the East African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorit-es (EAAACA) region; Dr Edward Hosea h of Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau (PCCB) of Tanzania representing the South African Forum Against Comipbun (SAFAC) region; Mr. Christopher Leba Gakehmi of National Anti-Corruption Commission of Cameroon representing the Central Africa states region; Mr. Sherif Badawy of Administrative Control Authority of Egypt representing the Northern Region and Mr. Leonidas Habonimana, Commissioner General of Special Brigade Anti Corruption of Burundi, The Secretariat will be hosted by Burundi for support and local logistics.
The Interim Steering Committee was given three months (3) to develop a Constitution, Code of Conduct and Strategic Plan of the Association.
The Conference also noted with concern that twenty two (22) countries have not yet ratified the African Union Convention for Preventing and Combating Corruption. They were called upon to do so, and the Heads of Anti-Corruption bodies present tasked to follow up with their respective governments.
The Economic and financial Crimes Commission of Nigeria offered to host the next Conference of the African Association of Anti Corruption Authorities in November 201 1 to validate the Association documents and launch the Association.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011