NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on
Saturday directed Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to
step up fight against rampant corruption and economic crimes in the
Kenyatta who held talks on anti-corruption fight
with the EACC leadership in Nairobi, said he was pleased with the
agency’s progress in the recovery of assets and assured the EACC top
leadership of his full backing.
He urged the commission to work harder to support the achievement
of Kenya’s development goals.
Kenyatta also advised the anti-graft agency to work closely with
other agencies mandated to fight the vice, adding that the war
against graft should not be a source of competition within
He said the anti-corruption fight will bear more fruits if it is
conducted through the multi-agency framework which brings together
the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the Office of the
Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the EACC as well as other
The renewed anti-corruption drive has led to unprecedented
arrests of graft suspects and arraignment in court of senior
government officials suspected of involvement in the theft of public
The suspects include wealthy businesspersons, senior government
officials and politicians.
Kenya Railways Corporation Managing Director Atanas Maina and
Land commission chief Muhammad Swazuri are the latest high-profile
individuals to be arrested in the East African nation following
corruption in their organizations.
Analysts said the war against corruption is part of Kenyatta’s
efforts to provide universal healthcare, create more industries,
enhance food security and offer affordable housing under his Big
In the last financial year, EACC recovered illegally acquired
assets and cash worth 4.9 million U.S. dollars from individuals and
institutions through court proceedings and out-of-court settlements.
Of the 4.9 million dollars collected, 760,000 dollars were cash
recoveries while 4.1 million dollars were in form of assets
comprising of land and other immovable assets.
EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala informed Kenyatta that his agency
has acted proactively and disrupted 12 suspected cases of corrupt
dealings and in the process saved the country an estimated 47
million dollars that would have otherwise been lost.
He added that the EACC is continuously and closely monitoring the
use of funds in the counties and is working with citizens to ensure
that public resources are used prudently.