EACC Chiefs divided over names in list of shame
02 April 2015, 16:54
Nairobi – Differences have emerged among the Anti-Corruption Commission officials on the credibility and comprehensiveness regarding names in the list of shame presented to the President.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) deputy chair, Irine Keino told the Senate Legal Affairs committee that names of some senior government officials implicated in the corruption were removed contrary to her Chairman, Mumo Matemo and CEO, Halakhe Waqo’s stand that no name was removed.
Although Keino claimed removed names of senior officers were in EACC’s initial report presented to the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs committee, Matemo and Waqo maintained that additional names were added on an updated confidential final report presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“The report our CEO handed to the President was not entirely similar to one we had earlier presented to the National Assembly Justice committee on 19th February 2015. None of the three EACC commissioners were aware of the report presented to the President. For example I was on my way to Mombasa and could not tell the exact report or names in it,” said Keino.
She reiterated that the report has anomalies to be internally addressed by the commission and expressed suspicion that Waqo could have rushed to single-handedly hand the report to Kenyatta to seek for more funding to EACC to effectively deal with a backlog of corruption cases.
Keino revealed that she has been approached by two senor government officers linked to Statehouse compelling her to resign from the EACC on grounds that the public has lost confidence in her and another commissioner, Jane Onsongo who is reportedly flew out of the country due to the pressure mounted on her.
“Onsongo and I were summoned at Harambee House by two senior government officers and we were each taken in separate offices where we were told to resign. I refused because I got intelligence that the resignation was not just the end of the road but it had repercussions,” said Keino.
“After the meeting, I told Onsongo not to resign as demanded and she might have immediately taken a flight ticket to leave the country. We don’t know exactly where she is although the commission is yet to receive her letter of resignation as reported in the media instead EACC has only her filled leave form,” she added.
Keino said her life is in danger and asked the Inspector General of Police to enhance her security following her refusal to comply with the two officers’ pressure to resign.
“I can’t name the two senior officers as at now because my security is not guaranteed. However, I will not bow to the pressure but soldier on in the fight against corruption,” affirmed Keino.
Nevertheless, Waqo who maintained the final report was comprehensive and lacked any anomalies laid the blame on President Kenyatta for bringing the report he termed “confidential” to the public knowledge by tabling it in Parliament.
“The report only confidential meant for the President alone and not be consumed by the public. I had presented to the President as a confidential brief upon receiving an invitation from Statehouse Private Secretary, Gecaga Jomo,” said Waqo.
He refuted claims that he is involved in the ongoing commission’s infighting but instead cast the ball among the three disputing commissioners. He also added that he has not received any letter or complain from commissioners demanding him removed from office.
Matemo admitted that there are disagreements among the commissioners and warned that any attempt to disband EACC will make it hard to fight corruption in the coutry.
“I am not under any pressure from anyone to resign. I am ready to go down in the fight against corruption,” said Matemo.
However, the EACC officials expressed the concern that the 60-day corruption cases hearing and settlement may not be enough due to the nature of cases where some are at ongoing stage while others are at preliminary stage.
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