Kenya: EACC Seized Sh6.3 Billion Stolen Assets Last Year

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Nairobi — The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) recovered stolen assets worth Sh 6.3 billion in the 2020/21 Financial Year, a new report has revealed.

According to the latest annual report by EACC, the corruption watchdog completed 104 investigation files on corruption and economic crimes which were forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for review and recommendation.

The Commission received and processed a total of 4,894 reports during the past financial year out of which 2,029 reports were within the EACC’s mandate to investigate.

“Out of 2,029 reports recommended for investigation; 31 percent related to bribery, 21 percent to embezzlement of public funds, 11 percent to public procurement irregularities, 10 percent unethical conduct, and nine percent to fraudulent acquisition and disposal of public property,” the EACC report said.

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The recovery was a result of 17 proactive investigations conducted by the Commission during the period under review.

Some of the completed investigations include an Inquiry into allegations of irregular procurement and fraudulent payments in relation to the purchase and supply of COVID-19 emergency commodities by the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) valued at Sh 7.8 billion and the Inquiry into allegations of irregular procurement of an ultra-modern fish hub at Liwatoni Fisheries Complex in Mombasa County.

During the reporting period, a total of 529 cases were under investigation out of which 190 were related to ethical breaches.