EACC boss Mbarak elected to global anti-corruption association

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak at editors guild luncheon. [David Gichuru, Standard]

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) boss Twalib Mbarak has been elected to the executive committee of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA).

Mbarak will represent African alongside members from South Africa, Mauritius, Senegal and Morocco.

South Africa’s head of Special Investigating Unit Andy Mothibi was elected the regional coordinator representing 55 African states in the committee.

Simon PEH, Head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, Hong Kong, was elected president.

According to EACC, Mbarak’s appointment is an acknowledgment of gains in the war against corruption.

“Over the last five years, EACC has recovered assets worth over Sh25 billion being proceeds of corruption. EACC has also conducted several high-impact investigations resulting in high profile prosecutions and convictions,” read a statement.

“Mr Mbarak’s nomination will afford Kenya the opportunity to explore informal channels for cooperation and coordination between anti-corruption authorities across the world.”

He will hold the position for three years.

IAACA is an independent, non-political organisation established to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Its responsibilities include promoting international cooperation in the prevention, investigation and adjudication of corruption offences, and facilitating the exchange of expertise among global anti-corruption authorities.

It also the role of IAACA to promote measures for the prevention of corruption in both the public and private sectors, and examining of comparative criminal law and procedure and best practices.