BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,25TH MAY,2021-The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is currently investigating four Governors over the acquisition of a total of Ksh 11b in illicit wealth.
The Commission is also pursuing the forfeiture of approximately Kshs 25 Billion by public officers found to own unexplained wealth.
Speaking while appearing before the Senate Justice, Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee EACC Chairperson Bishop Eliud Wabukula said the Commission has completed investigations on 6 high profile cases which include corruption offences involving nine 9 former/current Governors from the counties of: Tharaka-nithi, Nairobi, Kiambu, Garissa, Samburu, Busia, Migori and Nyandarua with the cases now Pending in court.
Wabukala said the Commission has also completed investigations on allegation of illegal and unexplained wealth against Governors Ferdinand Waititu, Mike Sonko, Evans Kidero and Moses Kassaine and the cases are pending in court, as well as procurement irregularities at KEMSA, pending review by DP.
He said they have had 6 convictions on high profile cases citing the conviction of Hon. Waluke, a Member of Parliament for fraudulent acquisition of approximately USD 3 Million as major achievement for the Commission.
“In the last 5 years, EACC has concluded 1000 investigations on corruption and related offences. Examples of high impact cases involved 9 former/current Governors, Principal Secretaries, Senators, MPs, Managing Directors of State Corporations among others,” He said.t
Wabukala said the Commission has recovered assets (cash, moveable and immovable) worth approximately Kshs 25 Billion and surrendered back for public benefit.
The Commission has also averted the loss of approximately Ksh 30.4 Billion through proactive investigation and disruption of corruption networks.
He said they have as well recovered various parcels of land one belonging to KALRO in Naivasha worth Ksh 8.7B, another belonging to Meteorological Department Land in Industrial Area Nairobi worth Ksh 5B and another belonging to University of Nairobi land situated in Kilimani area worth Ksh 1b.
Wabukala said the Framework for the Return of Assets from Corruption and Crime in Kenya (FRACCK), facilitated repatriation of approximately USD 400,000 from UK, with the funds utilized to purchase 11 ambulances to support the Health Sector.
He however expressed concerns on budgetary constraints at the Commission, politicization of the fight against corruption and unethical conduct as well as a weak legal framework to implement Chapter 6 of the Constitution.