Kenya recovers $20 million worth of stolen assets

Kenya’s Head of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji

Stolen assets worth $20million have been recovered from corruption cases, according to Kenya’s Public Prosecutor, Noordin Haji.

In recent years, high profile politicians and public servants have been arrested and prosecuted for corruption, including Nairobi Governor, Mike Sonko, but none have been convicted so far.

However, that is only 1% of an estimated $2bn worth of public funds involved in high profile corruption cases.

Governor Sonko, who was barred from office after his arrest in December 2019, has denied charges of conspiracy to commit corruption, conflict of interest, failure to comply with procurement laws, unlawful acquisition of public property and laundering.

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Corruption is a huge drag on the economy and investor confidence in East Africa’s business hub.

Since taking office in 2013, Kenyatta has repeatedly pledged to tackle graft and over the past year, the country’s top prosecutor has charged dozens of officials, including the then sitting finance minister, Henry Rotich.

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