“Multi-Sectoral Working Group – Eastern Africa Region .”
— Corruption Free Africa
One hundred and twenty participants, including MPs from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Benin, private sector, faith based organizations, board members of the ABC, the APNAC leadership, EAC Secretariat, World Bank, donor agencies, and media met on 8-9 December 2015, in Nairobi and deliberated on “Initiatives to support CSOs and Parliamentarians Combat corruption in Africa”.
Speakers included: Hon. Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, President of APNAC, MP Ghana; Mr. John Githongo, CEO of Inuka Trust, Kenya; Mr. Michel Ndayikengurukiye East African Community Representative, Tanzania; Bishop Zac Niringiye, Black Monday Movement, Uganda; Ms. Rukia Nambozo, East African Association of Anti-Corruption Agencies (EAAACA), Uganda; Ms. Jacinta Anyango Oduor, Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) – World Bank, USA; Mr. Daudi Were, CEO Ushahidi, Kenya; Dr. Goodwill Shana, President Association Evangelicals Africa (AEA), Zimbabwe; Lionel Faull, M&G AmaBhungane, Kenya.
This forum established a Multi-Sectoral Working Group on Combating Corruption in Africa, aided by a steering committee that will be the focal point tasked with organizing an annual CSO meeting, which will assess efforts and progress in combating graft; be the interlocutor between CSOs and MPs and private sector. The committee will also act as a convener and connector of potential partners interested in leveraging resources in their advocacy work of promoting transparency.
The Multi – Sector Working Group of East Africa (MSWG-EA) on combatting Corruption was established in December 2015 during the same inaugural Civil Society Forum on Combating Corruption.
The MSWG aims at raising the cost of corruption by focusing on five priority areas namely:
- Ratification and domestication of the African Union Convention on Preventing and
Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG)
- Regional Campaigns for: The finalization and adoption of the EAC Draft Protocols on Corruption and Good Governance; enhancing the effectiveness of Anti-Corruption; Bodies and Independent Electoral management Bodies; engagement/ partnership building with East Africa Legislative Assembly and the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) and; media legislative reforms
- Investigative journalism on Corruption
- Legislation and litigation on Corruption
- Citizen mobilization, campaigns and communication