EACC says over 2000 graft cases are still under investigation

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak

By Jackson Kairu

A commissioner with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Dr Abdi Dabar Maalim has said that corruption affects all sectors of society adding that working with NGOs the country had a unique capacity to help tackle corruption, he was the Chief Guest at a virtual conference held in partnership with the NGOs Council chairman Mr Stephen Cheboi.

He explained that in the last 5 years, out of 1000 corruption cases; 275 court cases had been concluded and 169 cases convicted. He added that a successful war against corruption begins first with individual integrity and then community integrity. The Counties within the region were allowed to comment on the topic. They spoke on how many projects have stalled because of corruption and the development funds should be distributed evenly so that everyone gets a share.

This was a follow up to virtual meetings held in Nairobi, Nyanza, Lower Eastern, and Nyanza North regions. Among those in attendance were the NGOs Council Members and local leaders. Mr Gilbert Lukhoba, an EACC official said the anti-graft body provides advisory services, builds partnerships to help fight corruption at the National and International level while enhancing institutional governance. It further provides education, and creates awareness, and works with stakeholders in the educational sector to develop anti-corruption systems and promote integrity. 

He stressed that EACC fosters ethics and leadership roles in institutions, undertake research about corruption, and conducts investigations tailored to get information by receiving reports from public bodies, media, and individuals.

The NGOs Council is committed to the task of upholding good governance by carrying out nationwide sensitization campaigns against social and economic ills plaguing Kenya society. The NGO council chairman Mr Stephen Cheboi said during the virtual conference. Cheboi was addressing Central rift region NGOs and other Civil Society Organisations (CSO) representatives from Baringo, Samburu, and Laikipia counties.

The Deputy Director of the EACC South Rift region Ignatius Wekesa said that NGOs have a key role in curbing corruption since they interact with the public at the local level. He emphasized that NGOs need to strengthen their role as society gatekeepers and partner with EACC regional offices to reach the grassroots areas.

A presentation was made by Jackson Sokoine, an EACC official. He talked about the role of CSOs/ NGOs in strengthening ethics and Anti- Corruption. The forms of corruption and unethical conduct of NGOs, the comparative advantage of NGOs, challenges, and initiatives of anti-corruption done by other actors were discussed at large.

This was categorized into financial and social corruption. Financial corruption incorporates NGOs accepting funds from more than one donor, inflated invoices for goods and services of a project, and ghost employees that increase the cost of project activities. While social corruption includes ethnicity, nepotism, sexual favours, and misuse of power.

The Members were informed on reporting mechanisms by an EACC official. The mechanisms include; walking into the EACC offices/ Huduma centres across the country to report, through the EACC website, calling the official numbers, and through email. The way forward suggested by a member of the region was to provide training for personal security. As an NGOs Council, we shall continue to strive to continue the pieces of training in other regions and counties across the country, the chairman Mr Cheboi stressed.

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