Kenya's anti-corruption body unearths $8.6m of scams

by Katy Migiro | @katymigiro | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 29 July 2011 15:50 GMT

Scams intercepted include flouted construction procurement process, irregular allocation of various public plots and irregular tax exemptions

NAIROBI (TrustLaw) – The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) saved the country 780 million Kenya shillings ($8.6 million) in the second quarter of the year, the Daily Nation reported on Friday.

The scams intercepted included a flouted procurement process involving Sh700 million for the construction of a hotel and training facility in Coast Province, the irregular allocation of various public plots and irregular tax exemptions.

The April to June report said 17 out of 36 graft cases given to the Director of Public Prosecutions are in court.

Meanwhile, The Star reported on Friday that KACC had appealed to the Chief Justice to give a ruling in a case where two companies are trying to take it to court for trying to investigate their bank accounts.

The companies, Anglo-Leasing,  Finance International and Apex Finance International, said the KACC’s attempt to investigate their Swiss bank accounts is a violation of their right to privacy.

The Anglo-Leasing scandal is the biggest graft case to have occurred under Kenya’s current President Mwai Kibaki in which $600 million-worth of contracts were awarded to a fictitious company.

The case was uncovered by John Githongo, Kenya’s most famous whistleblower.

KACC estimates that corruption takes up to 35 percent of Kenya's gross domestic product, or up to 55 percent if you include wastage -- and a third of the country's procurement budget.



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