DPP reveals where corruption proceeds will be channelled to
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) will set up a prosecution fund to collect proceeds of corruption.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji said that the proceeds of corruption will then be restituted to the National Treasury.
Speaking on Friday at Old Moses Camp at the base of Mt Kenya where he met a group of 30 human rights activists who had climbed the mountain to raise awareness on rights violations, Haji added that the fund will be run by persons of high integrity to ensure that looted funds are returned to the government.
“We need Kenyans to see how corruption proceeds are restituted and taken back to where they were looted from,” the DPP said.
He added that some of the recovered money from corruption deeds would be used to fund human rights awareness efforts across the country.
The DPP regretted that the scourge of corruption was hindering the country’s realisation of Chapter Four of the Constitution, adding that in the endeavour to fight the vice, the government would also ensure that human rights are secured and protected.
Director of Amnesty International (AI) Kenya Houghton Irungu lauded the mountaineering team, saying their hike to Point Lenana would inspire a third revolution that would see corruption, impunity and other forms of injustices ended.
The climb, which is part of this year’s celebrations to mark International Human Rights Day, was also meant to raise funds to put up a Human Rights Centre in Nairobi that will house victims of human rights violations as well as offering legal aid.
Coalition for Human Rights Defenders Executive director Kamau Ngugi said they had so far raised Sh3.6 million towards the cause and hoped that with scaling the second highest mountain in Africa more donations would be forthcoming.
He added that the scaling of the mountain comes amidst a backdrop of challenges by human rights defenders that range from occupational risks to persecution with little or no protection from government agencies in their fight for freedom of expression.