28 December 2012

Kenya: Anti-Graft Scheme Averts Sh1.2 Billion Loss

Nairobi — The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been able disrupt corruption activities and avert the loss of Sh1.2 billion during the 2011-2012 financial year.

This was through investigations in several cases at the Kilindini Port in Mombasa, Mumias Sugar Company, the City Council of Nairobi, District Education Board in Kakamega South District, Kenya Revenue Authority in Embu, National Social Security Fund, Mariakani Weighbridge and Ministry of Lands.

According to the 2011-2012 annual report, the commission also recovered public assets comprising cash and land worth Sh526 million.

One of the property was the Uhuru Gardens in Mombasa worth Sh500 million, which was recovered from fraudsters.

Some of the Institutions for which assets, in form of cash were recovered, include Kenya Reinsurance which got back its Sh4 million, Sh396,200 for the Ministry of Medical Services and Sh2.2 million for the City Council of Nairobi.

During the period, the commission received and analysed a total of 5,230 reports at it's headquarter and in its five regional offices in Kisumu, Mombasa, Eldoret, Nyeri and Garissa.

The number of relevant reports touching on the commission's mandate increased to 42 percent, compared to 34 percent in the 2010-2011 financial year.

"This is an indication that many more Kenyans are now better placed to distinguish between what is and what is not corruption," part of the report read.

The commission forwarded 89 investigation files to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions out of which 54 recommendations to press charges were accepted, three recommended for administrative action and eight for closure among other actions.

Two hundred and thirty six investigation files were completed.

The commission, in partnership with the Public Procurement Oversight Authority, says it will focus more on malpractices in the land sector in the next financial year, especially after the establishment of Lands Information Management System this year.

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