Four Governors On The Spot Over Illegally Acquired Wealth

Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has revealed that four current and former Governors are on their radar over illegal and unexplained wealth amounting to ksh11 billion ($110 million).

The Governors are ex Governors Mike Sonko, Evans Kidero, Ferdinand Waititu, and the current Moses Kassaine.

Kenya's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission
Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

The commission also said it has completed investigations on six high-profile cases involving both former and current Governors of Tharaka- Nithi, Garissa, Migori, Kiambu, Nyandarua, Nairobi, Busia, and Samburu.

Appearing before the Senate Justice, Legal Affairs, and Human Rights Committee, the EACC boss Bishop Eliud Wabukala said the commission is pursuing approximately ksh25.5 billion ($255 million) of unexplained wealth from the public officers.

At the same time, Bishop Wabukala also noted that it has already recovered assets worth ksh 25 billion ($25 million).

“In the last 5 years, EACC has concluded 1000 investigations on corruption and related offences.  Examples of high impact cases involved 9 former/current Governors, Principal Secretaries, Senators, MPs, Managing Directors of State Corporations among others,” said EACC boss.

EACC has also recovered parcels of land belonging to Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Meteorological Department Land in Industrial Area Nairobi, and another one for the University of Nairobi.

Through the Framework for the Return of Assets from Corruption and Crime in Kenya (FRACCK), the country has received $400,000 from the UK, said Wabukala. The funds were used to buy 11 ambulances for the Health Sector.

The commission further revealed that it had curbed the loss of about ksh30.4 billion via proactive investigations and disruption of corruption networks.

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