Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Workshop with Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism Platform in East, South, Center of Africa & Yemen (AML-CFT ESCAY) in Collaboration with Advocates Complaints Commission, Kenya

Kenya has experienced a myriad of corruption cases from all sectors, including the private and public sector. High levels of corruption have permeated every profession and the legal profession has not been left out. Despite the clear provisions of the law and the Law Society of Kenya Code of Standards of Professional Practice and Ethical Conduct (SOPPEC), advocates have allowed their accounts to be used for corruption, money laundering, and financing of terrorism activities.

Against this backdrop, the AGA-Africa Programme Programme and the Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of Terrorism Platform in East, South, Center of Africa & Yemen (AML-CFT ESCAY) in collaboration with Advocates Complaints Commission, organized a workshop on Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Recovery. The workshop took place from 29th November-1st December.

The objective of the workshop was to enhance participants’ knowledge of the laws on corruption, anti-money laundering, asset recovery, counter financing of terrorism and other forms of serious organized crimes. The workshop also aimed at sharing national, regional and international best practices and enhancing multi-sectoral collaboration in anti-money laundering, asset recovery, and counter terrorism financing.

The workshop brought together prosecutors from the Advocates Complaints Commission, Department of Justice, the Asset Recovery Agency, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee as well as national, regional and international subject matter experts from Kenya, Zambia and the United States.

The workshop was officially opened and moderated by Commissioner Samuel Ouma, Commissioner, Advocates and Complaints Commission.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Brigadier Alice Mate, Director, Asset Recovery Agency on behalf of Hon. Justin Muturi, Attorney General of Kenya, Gaia Steinbecher, Project Coordinator, AML-CFT ESCAY, on behalf of Col. Frederic Bayard, Project Director, AML-CFT ESCAY, Commissioner Caroline Saroni, Chairperson, Advocates Complaints Commission, John Edozie, AGA-Africa Programme Programme International Advisor and Chukukere Unamba-Oparah, AGA-Africa Programme Programme Director and Country Coordinator for Kenya.

The highly engaging sessions were facilitated by Xavier Cunningham, Assistant Director at the Executive Office of Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Legal Programme for the United States Attorneys, Paschal Mweu, Deputy Director Asset Tracing Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Kennedy Ogwengo, Deputy Director, Assets Management, Assets and Recovery Agency, Mohamed Adow, Assistant Director, Legal Services, Assets Recovery Agency, Alma Wanyama, Senior Technical Advisor, AML-CFT ESCAY, Albert Sikapizye, Manager Monitoring and Analysis, Financial Intelligence Centre, Zambia, Jackie Kibogy, Civil Litigation Officer, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Stephen Githinji, Senior Counsel, Assets Recovery Agency and Brenda Odiemo, Principal State Counsel, Office of the Attorney General & Department of Justice.

At the closing ceremony, Col. Frederic Bayard, Project Director, AML-CFT ESCAY, Chukukere Unamba-Oparah, AGA-Africa Programme Programme Director and Country Coordinator for Kenya and Commissioner Caroline Saroni, Chairperson Advocates Complaints Commission, delivered closing remarks.

The workshop was officially brought to a close with a vote of thanks by Hiedi Cheptanui, State Counsel, Advocates Complaints Commission.