EACC emerges top among Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa

EACC emerges top among Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa
  • The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has been ranked as the top performing watchdog agency among Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies in evidence and exhibit management.
  • Key elements such as organisational management, personnel administration, investigations and operations and support services of the agencies were used in the analysis.
  • The review was carried out between June 2015 and June 2016 but released yesterday.
  • The study singled out EACC ability and competence to manage evidence, continuity, handling and chain of custody as one of the key policy and procedures inputs for Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies.
  • EACC ranking comes against a backdrop of declining confidence among Kenyans and its inability to secure convictions in high-scale corruption cases, especially those involving influential people.

Kenya’s anti-graft body has been ranked as the top performing watchdog agency among Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies in evidence and exhibit management.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) emerged top trouncing 17 other Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies in a survey by the Commonwealth and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The survey is aimed at providing the Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies with a diagnostic benchmarking tool and peer review survey to identify gaps in anti-graft policy and procedure framework.

Key elements such as organisational management, personnel administration, investigations and operations and support services of the agencies were used in the analysis.

The review was carried out between June 2015 and June 2016 but released yesterday.

The study singled out EACC ability and competence to manage evidence, continuity, handling and chain of custody as one of the key policy and procedures inputs for Commonwealth Africa Anti-Corruption Agencies.

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The Eliud Wabukhala led commission also commanded a comfortable lead against her peers by scoring 100 per cent on compliance of oath of office, code of ethics, mission statement and system of policy and procedure.

A similar score was achieved in the area of Mutual Legal Assistance compliance, which the survey attributed to skilled and competent personnel at the EACC assigned to receive and submit mutual legal assistance request.

Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe scored 50 per cent on Legal Mutual Assistance, while the rest did not earn any score.

EACC ranking comes against a backdrop of declining confidence among Kenyans and its inability to secure convictions in high-scale corruption cases, especially those involving influential people.

READ MORE: Lobby wants EACC disbanded, say it has failed in war against graft

Nevertheless, the commission together with Botswana got the best score on policy and procedure that guarantees information and intelligence collected or obtained from human sources is secured, stored and shared only with authorised recipients and exchanged in time.

On exhibit management, the survey ranked EACC and the Anti-Corruption Commission Zambia as the best in Africa.

Countries that participated in the survey included Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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