We've prevented taxpayers from losing Sh207m to graft - EACC

"The Labour committee members were questioned after an audio recording with claims they were bribed to alter a report emerged."
"The Labour committee members were questioned after an audio recording with claims they were bribed to alter a report emerged."

A sum of Sh207 million taxpayers could have lost through graft was saved between July and December this year, the anti-corruption commission has said.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, chaired by Eliud Wabukala, yesterday said the loss was averted after it disrupted the corruption networks.

This brings the total amount EACC has averted in the last five years to Sh20.8 billion and Sh3.6 billion from assets recovered.

“Many cases EACC is handling demonstrates that the fight against corruption does not spare anyone by virtue of status or position,” the commission said on Friday during its interactive Twitter discussion with the public.

The discussion came ahead of the International Anti-Corruption Day celebrations on Sunday whose theme is 'Winning the fight against corruption, a sustainable path to Africa's transformation'.

EACC also said Sh21 million has been recovered from assets acquired illegally within the last five months.

The July-December period saw seven cases to recover assets acquired illegally filed in court and four cases filed to have the assets preserved.

So far, a total of 85 cases seeking recovery of assets acquired illegally have been filed in court since 2013, while 88 applications have been made to preserve the assets.

“Recent graft cases include the National Land Commission , Kenya Power, Migori, Busia and Wajir counties, former Governor of Nairobi county, Kenya Pipeline Corporation and NHIF,” EACC said.

The commission said suspects in 17 graft cases whose hearings were finalised between July and December were all all convicted.

This brings the number of convictions to 97 of 128 corruption cases finalised in court since 2013.

Acquittals within the same period are 25 cases, while discharges are six.

“In the last five months alone, EACC has completed investigations on 87 corruption cases and forwarded them to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions where 63 of these have been accepted for prosecution,” the commission said.

"The anti-graft commission told the public to shun the “culture of glorifying wealth without work” and report to it or any relevant state agency incidences of corruption.