Parliament raises red flag over low convictions of corruption cases

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Nairobi, KENYA: Parliamentary committee on legal affairs is concerned over the low convictions of corruption cases across the country.

Addressing a media briefing at parliamentary buildings, National Assembly chair on legal affairs William Cheptumo said that despite the fact that there are massive arrests of corrupt people suspected to mastermind corruption cases, the number of convictions on such tendencies are extremely low.

He urged relevant authorities dealing with such cases especially Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Office of Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), EACC and the judiciary to work together to raise the number of convictions of corrupt individuals.

Cheptumo said that the legislature and his committee are ready to offer any support including change of laws related to corruption in order to step up war against corrupt tendencies in the country.

On the other hand EACC Chief Executive Officer nominee Twalib Abdalla Mbarak has told the committee that if parliament approves his nomination, he will audit EACC in order to gain confidence among the public.

He also pointed that he will seek institutional cooperation with other anti graft agencies globally to help the commission in fighting the menace.

Khalake Waqo formally took office on January 21, 2013 becoming the commission’s first chief executive since EACC was established replacing the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in 2012.

His six-year non-renewable term ends in January.

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