Kenya recoups only 1% of stolen $2 billion in state assets

January 16, 2020 at 01:30 pm | News

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Staff Writer

January 16, 2020 at 01:30 pm | News

The office of Kenya’s Public Prosecutor has recovered assets valued at $20 million from its investigations into cases of corruption and theft of state property.

Public Prosecutor, Noordin Haji, said the recovered lot represents just 1% of some $2 billion in stolen assets.

The cases under investigation are all high-profile reports of corruption. The BBC reports that in recent years, many civil servants and government officials have been cited in corrupt activities.

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Protesters against corruption uphold a banner implicating President Uhuru Kenyatta in the menace. Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

Transparency International ranks Kenya 144 out of 180 countries on its corruption perception index, with a score of 27%.

Numerous marches have been held in the capital Nairobi in protest of the state of affairs. President Uhuru Kenyatta has often been derided for a perceived lack of action.

Kenya’s Public Prosecutor told the BBC that he is hopeful of securing a high-profile conviction this year.

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