UN REPORT RANKS EACC THE BEST IN HANDLING OF EVIDENCE AND MANAGEMENT OF EXHIBITS
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been ranked the best in handling of evidence and management of exhibits among 17 Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies.
The findings are contained in a final report of a research project conducted by the Commonwealth and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) between June 2015 and June 2016.
During the research, Evidence Management, Continuity, Handling and Chain of Custody was singled out as one of the key policy and procedures inputs for Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs).
On overall compliance against the twenty five key policy and procedure inputs, EACC was ranked position two with a score of 63.2% after South Africa which scored 71.7%. Namibia was third with a score of 57% followed by Botswana- 56.8%, Sierra Leone -56.5%, Mozambique- 55.5%, Zambia-51.6%, Uganda-51.3%,Nigeria-50.4%, Tanzania- 50% , Ghana- 48.5%, Lesotho-46.4%, Rwanda- 40.5%, Malawi- 36.4% Swaziland- 24.8% and Cameroon 19.8%.
EACC was also the overall best on compliance of oath of office, code of ethics, mission statement and system of policy and procedure with a total score of 100%. The Commission scored 100% on the area of Mutual Legal Assistance compliance. The research found that EACC ensures that persons assigned to receive and submit requests for Mutual Legal Assistance have the skill knowledge and competences required to fulfill their responsibilities. Only Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe scored 50% on Legal Mutual Assistance while the rest did not earn any score.
The Commission was also ranked the best with Botswana on policy and procedure to ensure that information and intelligence collected or obtained from human sources is stored in a secure manner and shared only with authorized recipients and exchanged in a timely fashion.
The survey conducted by the Commonwealth and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) ranked the EACC and Anti-Corruption Commission Zambia as the best in Africa in Exhibits Management, Continuity, Handling and Chain Custody.
The Commonwealth and UNODC conducted the research between June 2015 and June 2016 with a view to provide the Commonwealth Africa Anti-corruption agencies with a diagnostic benchmarking tool and peer review survey exercise to identify gaps in anti-corruption policy and procedure framework.
The goal of the benchmarking and gap analysis exercise was to identify Commonwealth Africa (ACAs) that have strong policies and procedures. The survey examined twenty five key policy and procedure inputs that ACAs require to promote good governance , sustainability and robust investigations. The main areas targeted were, Organizational management, Personnel Administration, Investigations and operations and support services.
The ACAs which participated are, Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda , Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda , Lesotho, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Malawi.
On Operational management, Kenya and Sierra Leone were ranked first with a score of 80% followed by Uganda â€“ 73.3%. Kenya was ranked number one on compliance o oath of office, code of ethics, Mission statement and system of policy and procedure. Sierra Leone was second with a score of 87.5% followed by Uganda â€“ 75%.
The research was conducted in two stages. The first was a visit to ACAs while in the second stage, researchers from Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAAC) administered the questionnaire to the ACAs. The ACAs were asked a total of 127 questions.
The twenty five key inputs used in the questionnaire were influenced by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Version 5.22 (2015), the Government of Alberta (Canada) Provincial Policing Standards Manual (2010), The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and UNODC and other sources.Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017