Regional anti-corruption academy to be establish in Kenya

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Former Attorney General Githu Muigai

Plans are underway to establish a regional anti-corruption academy in Kenya, the first of its kind on the continent.

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The academy to be set up in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other stakeholders will be among four others currently established in Canada, Panama, Colombia and Sweden.

Discussing the concept during a courtesy call on the Attorney General Friday, the new UNODC Regional Representative Amado Philip de Andres said the academy would offer training on prevention of corruption as well as strategies to strengthen the prosecutorial fight against the vice.

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He said the academy would mainly train Compliance Officers and would also offer a course in anti-money laundering.

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Speaking during the courtesy call, Attorney General Githu Muigai welcomed the idea saying Kenya was committed to the fight against corruption and pledged to work closely with other regional governments to ensure the vice is dealt with.

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He noted that the academy would revolutionize the war on corruption, giving it the much needed boost.

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The two discussed further areas of collaboration, with the UNODC official promising support in the review and implementation of UNCAC through technical assistance, as well as support in the prevention of corruption mainly through sensitization in schools.

Also present was the UNODC East Africa Regional Head of the Criminal Justice Programme Mrs Charity Kagwi-Ndungu.

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