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Corruption Investigations On The Former East African Community Secretary General

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  • In a submission to the house committee on Legal Rules and Privileges, EALA member Kennedy Mukulia accused Mathuki of exhibiting “impunity, gross abuse of office, disregard for the [EAC] Treaty, and other legal instruments,”.
  • Mathuki, who assumed the role of Secretary General of the EAC in April 2021 and served for three years before being nominated as Kenya's ambassador to Russia in early March, has been replaced by Kenya at the regional level.

The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has announced its intention to probe former Secretary General of the East African Community, Peter Mathuki, over allegations of corruption and misuse of authority.

The decision, disclosed on Tuesday, May 14, by the regional assembly, comes after one of its members accused Mathuki of various wrongdoings, including financial mismanagement within the East African Community (EAC) and favoritism in recruitment processes.

Mathuki, who assumed the role of Secretary General of the EAC in April 2021 and served for three years before being nominated as Kenya’s ambassador to Russia in early March, has been replaced by Kenya at the regional level.

In a submission to the house committee on Legal Rules and Privileges, EALA member Kennedy Mukulia accused Mathuki of exhibiting “impunity, gross abuse of office, disregard for the [EAC] Treaty, and other legal instruments,” which suggest “significant corporate irresponsibility and mismanagement of the Community’s affairs.”

Citing evidence linking Mathuki to corrupt practices, Mukulia accused some members of Mathuki’s team of being “collaborators” who facilitated the improper expenditure of community resources. Allegations include intimidation, redeployment, reassignment of duties, or travel bans for those who opposed them.

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Mukulia further alleged that the EAC’s Directorate of Finance engaged in opaque spending, with funds being used without disclosure to the Assembly. Additionally, irregularities were reported in budget processes and travel allowances, with some instances of fictional budget sessions and irregular imprest allocation for Mathuki’s travels.

The lawmaker also highlighted irregularities in recruitment processes, suggesting that Mathuki’s administration favored hiring relatives, friends, and partners, even creating separate payrolls to accommodate them.

Mukulia urged the house committee to thoroughly investigate Mathuki and his office, identifying those responsible for facilitating these abuses within the community.

The Legal, Rules, and Privileges Committee will provide its findings and recommendations once the investigations are concluded, although specific dates for the commencement and completion of inquiries have not been communicated.

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