On November 28, 2023, the Office Central de Lutte contre l'Enrichissement Illicite (OCLEI), Mali's anti-corruption body, presented its 2022 annual report to the President of the Transition and Head of State, Colonel Assimi GOITA. This high-profile event drew attendees such as Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga, presidents of various institutions, government members, and OCLEI staff, among other guests.
Unveiling OCLEI's Strategic Achievements
The 2022 report shed light on OCLEI's strategic successes in battling corruption and fostering good governance. These included the crafting of Mali's National Strategy to Fight Corruption and the inception of the Agency for the Recovery and Management of Seized or Confiscated Assets.
A Closer Look at Corruption Cases
From 2019 to 2022, OCLEI channelled 23 cases involving 23.855 billion FCFA to the judiciary, averaging over one billion FCFA per case. These cases implicated individuals from diverse socio-professional backgrounds, with sectors like the government, elected officials, general administration, financial administrations, justice, military, foreign affairs, and public institutions coming under scrutiny.
During its investigations, OCLEI identified 503 properties believed to be illicitly gained and discovered 21.335 billion FCFA in funds presumed illicit on bank accounts belonging to the implicated persons. This, while the legitimate incomes of these individuals totalled a mere 1.106 billion FCFA.
OCLEI's Advocacy and Sensitization Efforts
OCLEI's efforts extended beyond investigations, including intense advocacy for the inclusion of anti-corruption principles in Mali's new constitution. This resulted in a preamble that explicitly voices the sovereign people of Mali's commitment to combating corruption and illicit enrichment. Further, OCLEI's operational actions encompassed 23 sensitization activities conducted across the length and breadth of Mali, directly impacting 2,063 individuals.