𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝟮𝟳𝘁𝗵 𝗝𝘂𝗹𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯
The National Assembly Committee on Constitutional Implementation and Oversight chaired by Hon. Gathoni Wamuchomba, met with the Mr. Abdi Mohamud, Deputy CEO, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over the discharge of the Commission’s Constitutional and Statutory mandate.
The Commission’s mandate is to combat corruption and economic crime in Kenya through law enforcement, prevention, public education and promotion of standards and practices of integrity, ethics and anti-corruption.
During the meeting, Members expressed concern with the rampant cases of academic fraud, which the Commission considers hazardous and a direct threat to the integrity of the county’s education. From the reports tabled before the Committee, persons altering their high school grades on their certificates, persons who forge their diploma/degree certificate, persons who use fake documents to secure job employment and Person who impersonate people named on the certificate to secure positions are considered academic fraud in any National and County Government.
Regarding corruption, Mr. Abdi Mohamud, Deputy CEO informed the Committee that EACC has adopted three preventive innovations, to cub corruption in Kenya.
Firstly, the Commission has adopted the National Ethics and Anti-Corruption Policy which has provided a mechanism for coordination of anti-corruption programmes and enhanced transparency and accountability in the exercise of public authority.
He further added that the Commission has established a National Integrity Academy to offer competency based anti-corruption, ethics and good governance trainings to public officers and non- state actors to bolster the preventive mandate of the Commission.
Recognizing the importance of instilling ethical values from an early age, the Commission has also launched school outreach programs. These programs are designed to inculcate a sense of ethics and integrity among school children and college students. By targeting the youth, the EACC hopes to shape a future generation that actively rejects corruption and embraces ethical practices.
During the meeting, the legislators raised concerns about the protection of witnesses, informants, and whistleblowers who play a crucial role in bringing corrupt individuals to justice.
In response, Mr. Mohamud assured the Committee that the EACC has established a Witness Protection Agency that provides necessary safeguards for these individuals. Ensuring their safety and security is vital in maintaining an effective anti-corruption environment.