The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak has been elected to the executive committee of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (IAACA).
Mbarak was elected to represent African states alongside other representatives like South Africa, Morocco, Mauritius and Senegal to serve a term of three years in the committee.
During the same occasion, Simon Peh, Head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), Hong Kong, was elected as President of IAACA.
South Africa’s head of Special Investigating Unit Andy Mothibi was elected as the regional coordinator representing 55 African states in the committee.
IAACA is an independent, non-political organization established to promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
IAACA’s responsibilities include; promoting international cooperation in the prevention, investigation and adjudication of corruption offences and facilitating the exchange and dissemination of expertise and experience among anti-corruption authorities, promoting measures for the prevention of corruption in both the public and private sectors. It also examines comparative criminal law, procedures and best practices.
“The election of Mr. Mbarak to the prestigious international anti-corruption body represents an acknowledgment of recent gains in the war against corruption,” read part of the EACC statement.
“Mr. Mbarak’s nomination to the ExCo will afford Kenya the opportunity to explore informal channels for cooperation and coordination between anti-corruption authorities across the world. “
Under the stewardship of Mbarak, EACC has been leading in anti graft operations in the country that has seen assets worth over Sh25 billion recovered for being proceeds of corruption and has conducted several high impact investigations resulting in high profile prosecutions and convictions. EACC has also managed to avert loss of over of approximately Kshs. 38 billion through proactive investigations and disruption of corruption networks.