The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has announced on the International Anti-Corruption Day that they recovered assets worth Ksh.6.2 billion in 2022.
According to the anti-corruption body Deputy CEO Abdi Mohamud, EACC was committed to weeding out corrupt public officials who were illegally acquiring government property for their own personal interests. says.
Addressing the mediaat the Kenya School of Government, Mohamud commended his officers for stepping up its fight against corruption in the country. “On realisation that what drives people to get involved in corruption is the desire to acquire wealth, EACC has prioritised the recovery of stolen assets from public officials… that is our strategic focus,” he said.
Mohamud said it’s important to deprive culprits of illegally acquired wealth and added that the recovered 6.2 billion worth of stolen assets was half of the EACC budget. “If EACC was a business entity you recover double your expenditure for that particular year then that would be a growing concern,” he added.
To tame the vice, Mohamud said EACC was holding public officials to account by ensuring they participate in wealth audits. “It has also resulted in the development of the law… out of the cases that we present in the court we have been able to reach a situation where in this country, public officials are supposed to account for everything that they own, we call it ‘prove it or lose it to the public,” he said.