The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has traced and recovered public assets corruptly acquired by individuals valued Sh 6.2 billion in the war on graft.
In his speech during the commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day held at Ndumberi Stadium in Kiambu County, Mbarak said the Commission has also instituted legal action seeking to recover Sh 2.5 billion acquired illegally. The occasion was also graced by Attorney General Paul Kihara, EACC Chairman Eliud Wabukala, and Kiambu Governor James Nyoro among other dignitaries.
The Courts have clearly stated that any asset held by a public officer and is disproportionate to their known legitimate sources of income will be deemed to have been derived from corruption.
“You either prove that you acquired it lawfully, or you lose it,” he said in the speech delivered by his deputy Abdi Mohamed. In regard to our preventive mandate, the Commission is undertaking system reviews and in-depth Corruption Risk Assessment in the National and County governments. In addition, we continue to offer advisory services to public entities and provide public education and awareness”
The AG called on individuals and institutions to make a commitment to “fight the monster of corruption and not just engage in sugar-coated speeches and seminars.
Kihara lauded the media for highlighting cases of graft and exposing individuals who have looted the country’s resources using their privileged positions. “We thank the media for calling out corruption for what it is; blatant theft
Nyoro said his government has embarked on a mission to rout corruption by ensuring that there is symmetrical information flow between all individuals involved in the procurement systems.
It is the asymmetry of information flow that promotes corruption. We have done this through, among other methods, adopting the e-procurement system. further, through the department of Finance and Economic Planning, we have put in place measures aimed at reducing temptations for people dealing with cash by adopting a cashless payment system in the county.
United Nations Office on Drug and Crime Regional Anti-Corruption Adviser David Robison said as UNODC they are working with the youths across 176 Countries to see the fight in Corruption has been eradicated saying in Africa Cases of Corruption is dire.
Kiambu County Commissioner Wilson Wanyanga in his Remarks urged the Office of the AG to empower Civilians Oversight Committee and Activism that would enhance to fight Corruption saying it should be devolved to the grassroots level. Bk to Bk Kiambu Speaker Stephen Ndicho