November 16, 2018

Kenya’s anti-graft body ranked best in Africa

Kenya’s anti-graft body, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), was ranked the best in Africa.

“The research was conducted in two stages. The first was a visit to ACAs while in the second stage, researchers from the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Centre (CAAC) administered the questionnaire to the ACAs. The ACAs were asked a total of 127 questions,” the report indicated.

The Anti-graft agency scored highest in terms of handling and managing evidence compared to the rest of 17 agencies in the Continent.

The study by the Commonwealth Africa and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime awarded the anti-graft body 63.2 percent against the 25 key policy and procedure inputs behind South Africa which scored 71.7 per cent.

Namibia was third with a score of 57 per cent followed by Botswana 56.8pc, Sierra Leone -56.5pc, Mozambique- 55.5pc, Zambia-51.6pc, Uganda 51.3pc and Nigeria at 50.4pc.

EACC further emerged top in compliance to the oath of office, code of ethics, mission statement and system of policy and procedure.

On operational management, Kenya and Sierra Leone emerged top with a score of 80 percent followed by neighbouring Uganda at 73.3 per cent.

The ranking was released after a study was conducted between June 2015 and June 2016 by the Commonwealth and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“The Commission [EACC] scored 100 percent in the area of mutual legal assistance compliance.

“Only Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe scored 50 per cent on mutual legal assistance; the rest did not earn any score,” EACC spokesman Yassin Amaro stated.

The ACAs which participated are Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Lesotho, South Africa, Sierra Leone, and Malawi.

The ranking is set to spark debate considering the EACC has severally been put on the spot for apparently failing in its mandate to fight the runaway corruption in the country.

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