Abuse of Office (section 46 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2011) means:
A person is guilty of an offence if he/she uses his/her office to improperly award a benefit to him/herself or another person.
Illustration of Abuse of Office
Mkaa is a Human Resource manager of Pwani Ports Authority, a parastatal under the Ministry of Transport.
The Authority has advertised several jobs. Mkaa’s sister, Dada, has applied for one of the positions. She graduated from College four years ago and has been at home. Mkaa receives the application letters from applicants who have better qualifications than Dada. She then recommends that Dada be given a job thus leaving out better suited applicants. Mkaa ensures her sister gets the job.
Mkaa commits the offence of abuse of office.