EACC to complete probing 175 graft cases in a month
04 June 2015, 09:16
Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has promised to complete investigations into 175 graft cases of public officers named in the confidential list of corruption within a month.
The EACC Chief Executive Officer, Halakhe Waqo who appeared before the Senate’s Justice and Legal committee, said his commission failed to meet the 60-day timeline issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta due to the complex nature of the investigations.
“Cases before the commission are varied in nature and some touch on citizenship. Already, we have 10 and others are international in nature. We have extended our investigations to the United Kingdom, United States of America and Tanzania,” said Waqo.
“68 cases are under probe, some are in the legal analysis stage. Others need international support, as they require the involvement of other agencies. They are complex in nature,” he added.
He pointed out that the commission is already working on 124 cases, and has forwarded 60 files to the DPP while some 35 others are to be handed to him for direction on their prosecution.
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Waqo also assured the committee that investigations into graft cases against 13 governors was ongoing and revealed that the Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua and his Embu counterpart, Martin Wambora will be the first to face prosecution for contravening procurement laws and abuse of office.
He reiterated that more than 70% County officers implicated in graft have already been arraigned in court and that the EACC has issued circulars to affected counties directing for immediate suspension of charged individuals.
“We are investigating corruption cases in 24 counties, including 20 governors and we are to extend investigations to all the 47 counties,” noted Waqo.
However, the Justice committee’s vice chair, Stephen Sang and other members; Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni), Hassan Omar (Mombasa), and Kembi Gitura (Muranga) raised concerns over EACC’s legitimacy in handling the matter.
Waqo defended the commission’s operations saying the absence of the suspended commissioners; Mumo Matemu (chairman) and his vice Irine Keino, was not affecting investigations and approval of the graft files to be forwarded to the DPP.
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