Kenya forms multi-agency team to prosecute graft, economic crimes

Kenyan authorities said Tuesday they have established a multi-agency collaboration initiative on investigation and prosecution of corruption and economic crimes in the East African nation.


The team, consisting of Office of Director of Public Prosecutions, Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), Kenya Revenue Authority, National Intelligence Service, Financial Reporting Centre, Asset Recovery Agency and Directorate of Criminal Investigations, is mandated with safeguarding standards of investigation and citizens’ interests.


“The team has developed a wide range of measures which are being implemented. We are pleased to report that in the short duration of this initiative, significant achievements have been realized,” CEO of the EACC Halakhe Waqo said in a statement released in Nairobi.

Waqo said the renewed effort is set to be cascaded to the county and regional level as the nation moves to fight corruption. “We take this opportunity to reiterate our joint commitment and resolve to combat this vice in our country,” Waqo added.

Also on Tuesday, anti-graft police raided the homes of ex-planning and devolution cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru, planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti and other top ministry officials in ongoing graft probe.

They also raided the Nairobi home of ex-National Youth Service director Nelson Githinji.

Waiguru resigned two weeks ago following months of sustained pressure over corruption allegations in her ministry. Mangiti and Githinji have been prosecuted for trying to dissuade Githinji’s deputy Adan Harakhe from reporting and following up with the matter relating to the loss of 6.95 million U.S. dollars. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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