The war against corruption has received a boost after the swearing in of new Ethics and Anti-Corruption (EACC) Chief Executive Officer ( CEO) Twalib Mbarak at the Supreme Court premise Monday.
The ceremony was presided over by the Chief Justice David Maraga and attended by Attorney General (AG) Kihara Kariuki, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji among other key players in the war against corruption.
Mbarak promised to focus on law enforcement by ensuring effective use of resources available to tackle impactful investigations.
“I am aware that corruption is becoming increasingly complex, so strengthening relationships will facilitate investigative process,” said Mbarak.
The new EACC boss said that he intends to improve the capacity of the asset recovery function of the commission since financial gain is often the motive for corruption.
“Corrupt persons thrive on volatility, they exploit for personal gain. I am committed to making corruption a high risk venture in our beloved county by ensuring it becomes unhospitable for corrupt individuals,” explained Mbarak.
He said, that he will engage Kenyans through social media platforms so as to fight corruption, since it is a major agent of poverty in our country.
He reiterated that his strategic approach will be proactive and will join forces with the chairman, commissioners, the EACC family and criminal justice system to create a society that upholds integrity and rule of law.
The EACC Chairperson, Eliud Wabukala assured Kenyans that the fight against corruption is on course and that it can be eradicated when all related parties work together.
“I call upon all Kenyans in the spectrum to commit to make a stand against corruption for the betterment of our today and tomorrow,” said Wabukala.
AG Kihara Kariuki, asked the new CEO to work without favour, fear or discrimination and to uphold cooperation, coordination and collaboration popularly known as the 3Cs.
“I am watching on behalf of Kenyans and I am working to makes sure the ongoing cases are solved,” highlighted Kariuki.
Chief Justice David Maraga congratulated Mbarak and emphasised that the Judiciary will do its part and will not be used as a scapegoat.
“The Judiciary is ready to deal with cases and 10 Magistrates have been brought to Nairobi to listen and deal with the corruption cases,” insisted the CJ adding that the EACC should safeguard the rights of Kenyans and investigate the corruption cases.
By Elizabeth Wambui/ Samuel Kitavi/Joseph Ng’ang’a