The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak has said that they have profiled all governors and will continue to prioritise investigations in county governments based on corruption risks identified in financial management, public procurement and recruitment.
Addressing Members of Parliament (MP) during the induction programme held at a Nairobi Hotel, he said that there is the imminent arrest of one serving governor for violation of the law.
“The Director of Public of Public Prosecutions has concurred with EACC recommendation to prosecute the governor,” he said.
Mbarak also cited several important challenges impacting the fight against corruption, highlighting areas that require immediate and decisive reform steps from various stakeholders, including the National Assembly.
“EACC has concluded 501 investigations on corruption and related offences. Some of the high impact cases involved 9 former/current Governors, Principal Secretaries, Senators, MPs, Managing Directors of State Corporations among other,” Mbarak stated.
He went on to say that during this time, 191 corruption cases were resolved in court, with assets worth Sh.22.8 billion confiscated and returned to the public.
Mbarak further stated that through eliminating corruption networks, counties were able to save roughly Sh.32.5 billion.
He added that in implementing the existing anti-corruption law framework, the EACC uncovered legal gaps and offered numerous ideas to the National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) and the Attorney General’s Office for consideration.
“The identified gaps in the law have hampered effective deterrence of corruption and enforcement of integrity bin the public service. The matter is still outstanding hence the need for the 13th Parliament to take it up as part of strengthening the fight against corruption,” Mbarak said.