EACC calls in the big guns to defeat corruption at the Port of Mombasa

September 21, 2016 10:23 am
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EACC's Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo stated that the commission is investigating over 300 corruption cases at the Port since last year/FILE
EACC’s Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo stated that the commission is investigating over 300 corruption cases at the Port since last year/FILE

, MOMBASA, Kenya, Sep 21 — The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has invited Interpol and the Scotland Yard to assist in unraveling the corruption cartels at the Kenya Ports Authority.

EACC’s Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo stated that the commission is investigating over 300 corruption cases at the Port since last year.

Waqo pointed out that cases under investigation mainly involve loss of containers from the port and smuggling of top of the range vehicles from Europe.

“We are also working with the governments of other countries like the British and other security agencies including Interpol and others who will be of value to us in unmasking the cartels and also perpetrators domestically here. We are working with all those agencies so that we put a stop to these kinds of incidences,” he stated.

EACC said the vehicles mostly originating from the United Kingdom are always mis-declared to evade paying taxes, in a cartel involving senior KPA and custom officials at the port.

“Some are already in court as I have already mentioned. The thing is that as you know the activities that relate to the waters do not end and people who deal with such like things will always find a way of innovatively bringing in goods that they can use to evade justice and make a killing out of them,” he outlined.

He was speaking during the official opening of a good governance and integrity training workshop for the KPA board being held in Kilifi.

KPA managing director Catherine Mturi-Wairi said they are always in the media for wrong reasons and the new management that has taken over is geared towards changing the narrative.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered police and EACC to curtail smuggling of contrabands, drugs and diversion of transit cargo.

He ordered the Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet, to immediately set up an independent unit to curb tax evasion, smuggling of contraband and drugs at the institution.

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