The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has traced and recovered assets worth over Sh. 10 billion in the last decade, chief executive Mr. Halakhe Waqo has said.
Waqo said the assets were recovered between 2005 and last year, adding that the country still suffers from the effects of a culture of poor governance which is manifested through misuse of public resources, theft from public coffers and general apathy in the fight against corruption and unethical conduct.
In a speech read on his behalf by the EACC western regional manager Mr. Ben Murei during the official opening of a leadership and integrity workshop for Siaya Members of the County Assembly, the CEO said the commission was currently investigating 1066 cases of corruption and economic crimes and another 187 related to unethical conduct.
He said that the commission has concluded investigations in 20 counties and charged over 100 officials adding that more investigations were on going.
“On enforcement of chapter six of the constitution, we have concluded 75 investigations on ethical breaches with recommendations for caution, administrative action and prosecution,” he said adding that a further 304 cases are under active investigations.
Waqo said EACC will remain steadfast and execute its mandate in a fair, impartial and professional manner. “Even though the war against corruption still remains a challenge, we take pride in the milestones that we have made so far,” he said.
Murei challenged members of the county assemblies to uphold integrity at all levels.
He said that his office was investigating cases of misuse of public funds in several counties in the region, among them a recent trip by MCAs from one of the counties who made a trip to a neighbouring county for bonding.
“Bonding at this time of the year when their term is expiring? Was it bonding or just a way of misappropriating public funds?” He posed adding that some acts were outright theft of public funds.