In the past three years, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has achieved notable milestones in the fight against corruption, EACC Chairperson Archbishop (Rtd) Eliud Wabukala has said.
He said the Commission has undertaken and concluded investigations in respect to 501 high impact cases on corruption and related offences and 191 cases were finalized in court.
“It has recovered and surrendered back for public benefit approximately Sh22.8 billion being corruptly acquired asset and unexplained wealth,” added Wabukala
Wabukala said that the Commission is pursuing forfeiture of corruptly acquired assets and unexplained wealth worth approximately Sh33 billion in various courts across the country.
He added that the Commission has also averted loss of approximately Sh32.5 billion through proactive investigations and disruption of corruption networks.
He was speaking at Machakos University Hotel, when he launched a capacity building workshop for clergy from Machakos County.
Wabukala said the training would equip clergy with skills to lead the people in embracing ethical living.
“The programme for clergy is part of the ongoing efforts to sensitize Kenyans through their religious leaders to proactively participate in the fight against corruption as the moral drivers of our society, religious leaders have a leading role in the pursuit of an ethical Kenya,” said Wabukala.
“The value based approach to fighting corruption is complementary to the Commission’s punitive strategies including investigations for prosecution and recovery of corruptly acquired assets,” he added.
Wabukala said EACC is mandated to prevent and combat corruption through; law enforcement, preventive measures, education and public awareness alongside the promotion of integrity and ethical standards.
Wabukala stated that despite of EACC notable achievements in combating corruption, economic crimes and unethical conduct, corruption still remains one of the greatest challenges in Kenya.
He added that there is therefore a need for a sustainable and impactful long-term strategy, which would require them to go beyond anti-corruption laws and regulations.
By Caroline Mutheu