EACC hands over the grabbed University of Nairobi land .

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has handed over a piece of land in Kilimani estimated at Ksh. 2 billion to the University of Nairobi (UoN) after repossessing it from a private company.

The title deed of L.RNo. 1/514 parcel was presented to UoN by EACC Chairman, Archbishop (Rtd) Eliud Wabukala to the University management led by the Chancellor, Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, Chair of Council, Prof. Julia Ojiambo and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.
 
“Recovery of corruptly acquired assets and returning them to their rightful owns is one of the most effective means of combating corruption,” said Archbishop Wabukala. “EACC is committed to expending more efforts and resources in the area of asset recovery. Integrity is a quality of character that we all need to nurture and this requires that we practice it every day. If we have integrity, it should be prominently portrayed through our actions and words.”
 
In her remarks, Prof. Ojiambo commended EACC for recovering the parcel in an efficient process.
 
“No country or any institution is immune to corruption, and each and every one of us bears a responsibility of ending it,” she said. “So, let us all play a role in bringing an end to corruption. As Nobel Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú once said, “Without strong watchdog institutions, impunity becomes the very foundation upon which systems of corruption are built. And if impunity is not demolished, all efforts to bring an end to corruption are in vain.”
 
Prof. Mbithi thanked all the teams and the agencies that worked together with the University, EACC and the Ministry of Lands and others to ensure that the property was recovered and surrendered to its rightful owner.
 
“We have quite often been warned never to celebrate victory over corruption because it is a monster that fights back and you can never be sure if your win is real until everybody is sure.  But today I am happy that we have won!” said Prof. Mbithi. “You all agree that corruption is the biggest impediment to our national development. The people of Kenya must learn to embrace integrity in order to regain their lost dignity. We must do some soul searching and stop celebrating and honoring thieves as heroes!”
 
Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Haji said that the team ensured that the process was well run and open.
 
“The message is clear, we will not stop in taking people to court. All public land and assets that have been grabbed are in the process of being reclaimed. This is the beginning or reinstitution of what belongs to the mwananchi.”
Expiry Date: 
Sat, 2019-09-28 (All day)