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Kenya Urges AU To Adopt New Mechanisms To Boost Anti-graft Efforts

Kenya’s anti-graft officials on Wednesday requested the African Union to adopt alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and forge joint laws to embolden campaigns against corruption in the continent.

Eliud Wabukala, chairman of the Ethics and Anti-corruption commission (EACC), said the presence of a strong mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) among African countries will boost gathering and exchange of information regarding graft which will further enforce public and criminal laws in Africa.

“AU must step up the fight against graft by forming a legislation which can steer anti-corruption efforts and create requisite synergies and enhance joint efforts to combat corruption at the African level,” said Wabukala during commemoration of the third African Anti-corruption Day held in Nairobi.

He said the aim of the anti-graft body is to “prioritize high impact” cases, asset recovery, prevention of corruption and promotion of ethics and standards.

Wabukhala said it had become a challenge to fight corruption as a continent due to different stumbling blocks in different countries.

He called for review of the legal framework guiding public asset recovery to ensure that wealth declaration becomes a mandatory requirement for all state officers to enhance public confidence in public administration.

“Declaration of income, assets and liabilities (DIALs) is a potent weapon against corruption and a useful tool for promotion of transparency, accountability and integrity,” he added.

Wabukhala further said the war against corruption required a multispectral approach, calling on the citizens and other non-state actors to take an active role in combating the vice.

Twalib Mbarak, EACC chief executive officer, urged the continent to advocate for alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms to fast track recovery of corruptly acquired public assets.

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