Kenya has been selected to host a key regional anti-corruption body namely the Centre for Anti-Corruption Studies and Research in Africa.
The body will be set up by the African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (AAACA).
The decision was arrived at by a resolution of the General Assembly of the African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (AAACA) during its Extraordinary Meeting held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024.
The Centre will facilitate studies and research that will strengthen good governance and anti-corruption efforts in the continent.
CEO Twalib Mbarak said the Centre will play an important role in facilitating the development and harmonization of strategies for the prevention, detection, investigation, and control of corruption and related offenses in Africa.
Mubarak appreciated the trust bestowed upon Kenya by its regional peers to take up the responsibility of hosting the Centre.
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Notably, the establishment of the Centre, marks a good opportunity for Kenya, especially in the areas of strengthening collaborations, strategies, and opportunities in the fight against corruption.
The Resolution of the General Assembly acknowledges Kenya’s commitment to international and regional legal instruments against corruption by establishing key anti-corruption structures and recording significant milestones in law enforcement, prevention, and recovery of corruptly acquired assets.
AAACA was established in accordance with the African Union Convention to promote the effective implementation of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, to which Kenya is a signatory.
“EACC is honored to represent Kenya as a member of the AAACA,” said Mbarak.