EACC summoned over corruption cases reported by media
05 February 2015, 18:48
Nairobi – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is to appear before a House committee on Tuesday to respond to questions regarding the ongoing and reported cases of massive corruption in the country.
The National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs committee said there is need to probe the anti-corruption officials for failure to bring to book suspected culprits to end the ever-rising vice in both National and County governments.
The committee’s Chairman and Ainabkoi MP, Samuel Chepkong’a claimed the EACC heads must be sleeping on the job when the media is exposing massive corruption of incidences ranging from land grabbing, misappropriation of public funds among others.
“We had summoned EACC to appear before us to today but wrote to us requesting for more preparation time until Tuesday, February 10, 2015 to shed more light on corruption investigations carried out,” said Chepkong’a.
“The media has played a key role in exposing a number of corruption incidences in the country and EACC is to explain to us the action undertaken. We need the anti-corruption commission to be responsible on its mandate because the officials are paid from the taxpayers’ money,” he added.
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Bumula MP, Bonface Otsiula, who is also the committee member alleged that Mumias Sugar factory has lost over KES 3 billion through corrupt circumstances yet EACC has not investigated, arrested and jailed any single responsible culprit.
“Mumias Sugar Company where I come from has lost over KES 3 billion but EACC has not done anything. The officials cannot ask for more time to appear before this committee as if it has called them to sit for an exam whose answers they already have,” said Otsiula.
The committee warned the anti-corruption officials that it will initiate the process of their removal from office if they don’t crack the whip on reported cases of corruption in the country.
The summonses to EACC come at a time when there are rampant protests by residents and political leaders in various counties such as Narok and Nandi calling for the accountability and resignation of county bosses because of massive corruption allegations.
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