The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) recovers Sh6 billion to Sh8 billion returned to the government annually from proceeds of corruption.
In the process, the EACC disrupts fraudulent deals of up to Sh10 billion every year before suspects begin such corrupt activities to finally get prosecuted.
While speaking during a three-day training for journalists in Kisumu, the Commission’s Head of Corporate Affairs and Communication Erick Ngumbi, said over the last three years, they recovered assets worth Sh22.5 billion.
Ngumbi further revealed that EACC has asset recovery cases across the country worth Sh33 billion.
“Kenya is a very rich country with adequate resources able to pay its debts, so long as we manage wastage, sealed corruption loopholes,” he explained.
He said though much more needed was to be done, the Commission has done a lot which the society does not appreciate but calls EACC a toothless bull-dog that could not bite.
Ngumbi pointed out that although respective counties were expected to do oversight, their impact could not be felt as some County Assemblies have become bedfellows with the executive.
This, therefore, leaves room for unscrupulous Governors to take advantage and compromise Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) to play along, he noted.
The three-day training for 30 journalists was also graced by the EACC Deputy Director, Dr. Emily Mworia, Regional Manager George Oira and Lidya Manyasi Deputy Director, Education and Public Awareness.
By Joseph Ouma