The Ethics and Anti Corruptions Commission (EACC) says it has recovered corruptly acquired assets worth approximately Sh25 billion over the past five years.
EACC head of training, Gilbert Lukhoba, made the revelation on Monday in a speech he read on behalf of the commission’s vice chair Sophia Lepuchirit during a media workshop in Nakuru County.
“The commission has disrupted possible loss of public funds worth approximately Sh30.4 billion in the last five years,” Gilbert added.
According to the EACC Vice-chair, the commission was pursuing forfeiture of unexplained wealth worth approximately Sh25.5 billion as part of its efforts to recover illegally acquired assets.
The official noted system reviews were taking place in 15 ministry and development agencies and 20 of the country’s 47 counties.
Ms Lepuchirit also announced that the commission concluded investigations into at least 1,000 corruption cases over the same period, in close collaboration with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), and secured convictions in 169 out of 257 cases finalised in various courts.
Noting that corruption still tops the list of major challenges facing the country, EACC regretted that about 67 percent of Kenyans were doing little to fight the vice.
“Only 5.8 percent of the citizenry report graft incidents. We appeal to Kenyans to be proactive in the war against corruption,” Lepuchirit said.
“The media should play its watchdog role as it confronts unethical practices and often becomes the catalyst for criminal investigations,” she added.