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Anti-graft war right on course, says chief

Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has denied claims it has failed to tackle run-away corruption. Chairman Eliud Wabukala said the commission has achieved a lot in terms of prosecution of senior public officials implicated in graft and recovery of public assets worth billions of shillings since they took over office early this year.

He said more than 900 people implicated in graft have so far been prosecuted and more are still on radar of the anti-graft agency in connection with various offences related to economic crimes “By end of November, we had 423 cases pending in court with more than 900 persons having been charged with various corruption-related offences and a total of 33 cases have been finalised,” he said.

The former Anglican Church of Kenya archbishop was addressing the press in Eldoret Town on Friday after meeting EACC officials from the North Rift region. He was accompanied by David Too (Director of Legal Affairs), Gachoka Mwaniki (commissioner) and Willis Wasala (Deputy Director North Rift region).

Wabukala said that the commission is currently investigating corruption cases in 26 counties noting that 10 out of these, are already pending in various courts across the country. He also disclosed the commission has been reaching out to members of the public across the country, enlightening them on the dangers of engaging in corruption and urging them to join the war on the vice.

“Through these County Public Outreach Programmes, 22 devolved units have been reached and more than 10 million people sensitised directly and 39 million through media,” said Wabukala.

He, however, said that despite the strides made by his commission, the fight against corruption faces myriad of challenges ranging from adverse court rulings, glorification of wealth without work, poor role models. Wabukala called for concerted efforts in the fight against graft and assured the Commission’s commitment to continue enlightening and empowering people to end the vice.

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