Nic Hailey joins fellow diplomats for anti-corruption meetings with EACC

Nic Hailey at Integrity Centre
Uk High Commissioner Nic Hailey joins fellow Heads of Foreign Missions in Kenya at Integrity Centre. Photo: Twitter/EACCKenya

Yesterday morning, the UK High Commissioner for Kenya, Nic Hailey, joined fellow Heads of Mission for a courtesy call on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) at Integrity Centre.

Among the topics discussed were areas of partnership, cooperation and collaboration in combating corruption and promoting a culture of integrity in the Kenya.

The meeting heard how the EACC have enhanced financial investigations and recovered assets acquired from corruption, by proactive disruptions and robust prosecution of recovery cases.

They also reported that since July 2017, they had finalised 34 corruption cases which resulted in 30 convictions and 4 acquittals.

Tweeting after the meeting, Swedish Ambassador Anna Jardfelt said there was “strong support for Kenya’s fight against corruption, including the important role played by EACC,” while Dutch Ambassador Frans Makken posted that “convictions, asset and cash recovery as well as prevention are well on the rise.”

Norway’s Ambassador Victor Rønneberg joined colleagues in their support of the EACC, and Tweeted that “Kenyans deserve a corruption free society.”

Later, the Heads of EU diplomatic missions in Kenya discussed Kenya-EU relations with the Kenyan Parliament’s Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations. They assured Kenya of continued support in fighting corruption, which still deters investment and job-creation in the East African country.

Following the talks, Mr Hailey Tweeted that “strengthening relations between parliaments among fellow democracies is an important part of our work.”

Danish Ambassador Mette Knudsen described the discussions on trade, corruption, regional security and Nairobi’s status as an international hub as “open and frank”, adding that she was “looking forward to continuing this engagement.”