The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is seeking a budgetary increase of Sh700 million to bolster its effectiveness in fulfilling its mandate.

CEO Twalib Mbarak, requesting a total of Sh702,531,854, highlighted the Commission’s significant role in safeguarding government revenue, despite being underfunded.

Mbarak lamented the financial constraints, citing severe cash flow challenges and delays from the treasury affecting operational efficiency and anti-corruption efforts.

Speaking at a joint forum with the National Assembly’s Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs in Naivasha, Mbarak stressed the urgent need for enhanced institutional capacity, both in budget allocation and human resources, to address delays in corruption case resolutions.

He outlined the necessity of employing 600 experts, including lawyers, forensic investigators, valuers, surveyors, and accountants, to tackle the escalating corruption challenges in the country.

Chairperson David Oginde urged legislative amendments to enable EACC to retain a portion of recovered funds from corruption cases, addressing current budgetary deficits hindering anti-corruption efforts.

Currently, all recovered funds are directed to the Consolidated Fund, impeding EACC’s financial autonomy.

The joint forum aims to facilitate dialogue between EACC and the National Assembly to address obstacles in combating corruption and identify necessary institutional support to enhance anti-corruption measures.

The judiciary is also engaged in the discussions.

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