Mombasa,KENYA:The Ethics and Anti corruption commission (EACC) is still investigating cases on corruption and unethical conduct at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
Since the beginning of this year 2016, EACC has registered over 20 reports on actual and suspected corruption in the port.
Speaking during official opening of the governance, ethics, integrity and leadership training of the board and managers of the KPA at North Beach Hotel in Kilifi County, EACC chief executive officer Mr. Halakhe Waqo said that they are working hand in hand with other law enforcement investigating team such as Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Directorate Criminal investigation, EACC and KPA, to nub suspected corrupt port officers.
“We looking at a combination of efforts by all multi agency team, we have a lot whether is around containers, contraband goods like vehicles which are hidden in containers which are said to be transit goods and eventually unmasked to be contraband. We are also working with governments of other entities like the British kingdom and Interpol, who will be value to us in un masking the cartels and the perpetrators so as to put a stop to this kind of vices”. He said.
Mr. Waqo also urged the KPA leadership to conduct their affairs to significantly impact on the levels of corruption risks in port operations. “It is therefore necessary that you make the fight against corruption and unethical conduct part of business so as your objectives could be effectively achieved”.
EACC acting chairperson Ms. Sophia Lepuchirit said the 20 reports reported at EACC on actual and suspected corruption in the Mombasa port are part of 300 reports received over years and the same are at various stages of active investigations.
“One of the reports which you could be all aware of is in relation to mysterious disappearance or loss of containers from the port. I can report that following that investigation process, 14 individuals have been since charged before court and among the accused were officials from KRA, KPA and the shipping lines involved in this criminal behavior”. She said.
“Without prejudice to the ongoing investigation, you may be interested that more individuals will be charged in court in the coming weeks”. She finally said.