Zambians anti-graft trip stuns Kenyans

Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)

Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)

Kenyans on Twitter are reacting to a story in one of the main newspapers that a group of Zambian lawmakers are in the country to get tips on how to fight corruption.

The report says eight Zambian lawmakers met officials of the Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), a body which has been constantly criticised for going after “small fish” and ignoring the elites who perpetrate the biggest scams.

An EACC official, Mwaniki Gachoka, is quoted as saying, “We are sharing experiences on fighting corruption and promoting ethics.”

Zambian MP Garry Nkombo, who is leading the delegation, said they were studying best practices in managing corruption in governance, Kenya’s The Star newspaper reports.

Transparency International lists Zambia as having a lower corruption score in the public sector compared to Kenya.

Kenyan media has been awash with reports of corruption in the government, one the latest being the alleged theft of 8bn Kenyan shillings ($78m; £59m) from an agency set up to deal with youth unemployment.

At least 40 civil servants have pleaded not guilty for their role in the corruption scandal.

A data visualization site recently tweeted a video montage of 40 corruption scandals reported in local media since 2013.

BBC

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