EU Offers a Helping Hand to Strengthen EACC’s Work
16:01:2020: The European Union will support the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s efforts to enhance its capacity through specialized training and trans-boundary investigations.
The EU’s Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Simon Mordue, made the pledge during a courtesy call on the Commission’s team at its headquarters in Nairobi. He discussed the modalities of strengthening the agency’s capacity in asset tracing and recovery, financial investigations and intelligence management.
“These fronts,” he said, “will strengthen the quality of the Commission’s investigations to ensure confiscation of illegally acquired property and forfeiture of unexplained wealth to the State.”
In a joint media brefing with the ambassador, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak highlighted some of the Commissions achievements in 2018/2019 financial year, among them the recovery of assets valued at Kshs. 4.5 billion, and prevention of loss of public funds estimated at Kshs.14.5 billion through disruption of corruption networks.
Mr. Mbarak was optimistic about the Commission’s continuing war against graft and affirmed his commitment to ensure high profile cases were investigated and forwarded to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He specifically pointed out ongoing cases in court involving the Governors of Nairobi, Kiambu and Samburu counties, warning that more such cases were in the final investigation stages and would soon be escalated for prosecution.
He noted that successful investigation and prosecution of corruption was of mutual benefit to the social and economic wellbeing of Kenya as well as to the EU and thanked the ambassador for his commitment to promote a culture of integrity in Kenya.
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