Give us time, EACC tells Raila
24 February 2015, 18:46
Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC has called on CORD leader Raila Odinga to give it time to probe the 'Chicken Gate' scandal to conclusion.
EACC chair Mumo Matemu said Tuesday that it was only fair that the commission be granted time to probe the scandal instead of being threatened by politicians on the matter.
Raila has been vocal on the Chicken Gate scandal in which key members of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commision IEBC have been accused of collecting bribes from a printing firm in the United Kingdom to process material used in the 2013 General Election.
The officials include current Energy Cabinet Secretary David Chirchir.
Two officials from the UK firm Smith and Ouzman were jailed for three years each for taking part in the corrupt transaction back in the UK.
The EACC has thus started investigations into the matter, even though Raila last week termed their investigation slow and time wasting, saying that the officials should already be forced to step out of public office while investigations continue.
Matemu though, says that the EACC cannot follow international protocol on the cases and has to take its time and investigate it locally.
He added that the EACC was doing its very best to complete the investigations but that it needs time.
" We need time and patience. The investigations have started and are ongoing," he said of Raila's calls.
" Look, I understand that Kenyans want action taken, however, we must follow basic rules and protocol. There is a law on international legal assistance and at the moment we cannot just issue a legal request for mutual legal assistance. We need to go through a different process and we are currently working on it."
" The Commision is keen to ensure that the case is investigated to conclusion. That said, we have to avoid calling out people and seeking their heads," he added.
The EACC has already interrogated Chirchir, former board member and Kenya National Examinations Chairman Paul Wasanga as well as ex CEO James Oswago over the scandal.
Current IEBC chairman Isack Hassan has also been quizzed by the Commision.
It is alleged that each of the officials in the country received amounts as high as 300,000 GB Pounds (KES 45 million) in bribes.
The officials have all insisted that they are innocent of the detailed charges.
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