TI’s Samuel Kimeu appointed to Africa Union’s anti-corruption board

Transparency International-Kenya Executive Director Samuel Kimeu has been appointed as a board member of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption for two years.

Kimeu was sworn in on Monday in Arusha, Tanzania.

Others sworn in are Aït Chalal Hocine of Algeria, who will serve his second and final term as a board member, Begoto Miarom of Chad, who was re-elected as chairman, Sefako Aaron Seema of Lesotho was elected as the vice-chairperson and Amal Mahmoud Amar Khalifa of Egypt, who will serve as the boards rapporteur.

Amal Mahmoud Amar Khalifa (Egypt), Begoto Miarom, center (Chad) and Sefako Aaron Seema (Lesotho) / COURTESY

“I am truly honoured to join the distinguished honourable members of the AUABC to serve my continent, “ Kimeu said.

The African Union Advisory Board on Corruption is an autonomous organ established within the AU under Article 22 of the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.

The board was established on May 26, 2009. It is mandated by the African Union to deal with corruption and related themes in Africa.

Kimeu has been at the forefront in the fight against corruption in Kenya, calling for tougher fines for the corrupt, and enforcement of punishment against the corrupt.

WHO IS SAMUEL KIMEU?

Samuel Kimeu joined TI-Kenya in 2010 from the Embassy of Finland, Nairobi, where he had been the Governance Specialist since October 2007.

He was previously a lecturer at the Kenyatta University School of Law and the Executive Director of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya).

He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Masters of Law degree in International Human Rights from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana-USA. He attained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi.

Kimeu is in charge of the day to day running of the affairs of TI-Kenya and sits on its Board of Directors as an ex-officio member. He also serves on the Board of Transparency International having been elected in October 2017. – Transparency International