Wealth declaration a big deterrent to graft, says EACC CEO

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EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak
EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak has said that the declaration of assets, income and liabilities is one of the biggest weapons in the fight against corruption. Speaking during an EACC organized workshop at KICC, Twalib said it’s a sensitive issue and a big deterrent to graft because people have to come out. He said if any public servant isn’t ready to do so, then he or she shouldn’t be in public service, “If you don’t want to declare your wealth, liabilities officially, leave public service..that mechanism will help us a lot in fighting corruption.”

He said the requirement for financial disclosure is provided under part 5 of the Public Procurement and Ethics Act 2003, which states that all public officials are required to declare their income, assets, liability at a stipulated interval so as to ensure transparency and accountability.

Moreover, the EACC CEO said the Commission won’t succumb to fear or blackmail in its duties. He said those who advance negative profiling are part of the corrupt group, “When people come and say EACC isn’t working and it should be disbanded, it’s all part of the scheme of the corrupt, as a strategy of fighting back. It won’t work against us.” He further acknowledged the support they’ve received from stakeholders and Kenyans generally, saying it has helped in the war on corruption.