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EACC in the process of recovering money stolen from public coffers

23 May 2016, 11:52 John Kioko

Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has said it is in the process of recovering monies lost in various scandals involving Kenyans and foreigners.

The anti-graft commission told the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee at Swahili beach hotel in Kwale on Friday that KES 52 million from the 'chickengate scandal' is on the way back to Kenya.

Already, EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo said the British government has written to the Treasury regarding the preparations of returning the money back.

“They suggested that in today’s British situation, the policy of returning the resources is through social development projects directly to the people,” he said.

Waqo told the committee that the money will be used to purchase ambulances for various counties.

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“We are also expecting KES 525 million from the Jersey money laundering scheme involving two Kenyans to be repatriated back to Kenya within this calendar year,” he added.

“We are still discussing ways of getting back the money. Swiss government has also identified money in bank accounts and it is tracing other assets,” said Waqo.

The Committee chairman, Samuel Chepkonga told the commission that they are ready to give it prosecutorial powers to ensure issues of corruption in the country are dealt with.

He said the commission should show interest in dealing with corrupt fellows for it to get the required support, noting that there are reports it protects powerful individuals named in corruption scandals.

The issue of Mumias Sugar Company and the scandal surrounding its collapse was also raised during the sitting, with MPs saying perpetrators must be prosecuted and all monies stolen recovered.

Although the commission said they are in the process of investigating, the MPs said little has been done to ensure embezzled public funds is recovered.

“We want to see all institutions where public funds has been pumped into investigated and those involved in corruption prosecuted. We want to see this new team setting a good example so that the public can trust the institution,” he added.

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