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Kamama directs EACC to probe most corrupt govt sectors

08 August 2014, 16:22 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly’s Administration and National Security Chairman, Asman Kamama has directed the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) to crackdown on corruption in various government sectors including the Police Service.

Kamama said the recent police recruitment exercise was marred with corruption by cartels in the Police Service soliciting bribery from prospective recruits.

“The National Police Service was ambushed by corruption cartels that sent their staff including medical and police officers in the completed recruitment without the knowledge of EACC and other oversight bodies,” said Kamama.

He said his committee is expected to see many arrests by EACC especially of officers involved in the witnessed police recruitment malpractices.

“From the drafting of the 2010 Constitution, corruption was identified as a big monster in this country. The Traffic department is highly corrupt especially at the weighbridges but we can see EACC is now doing well in fighting corruption. It is noted that officers guarding financial institutions and the customs sector pay a lot of money to work there,” said Kamama.

Kamama, who is also the Tiaty MP said Kenyans are eager to see transparency and fairness in recruitment to public positions thus challenged EACC to ensure corruption is eliminated for the citizens’ diminishing trust in government to be revived.

“Corruption was rampant in the Army recruitment; now it has gone down to Police and there is need to stop this. High corruption will lead to insecurity that no one will be allowed to leave this country,” said Kamama.

“Indeed, we have been seeing you investigate and arrest corrupt public officers including Members of Parliament but we have not seen any officer from the Judicial Service Commission arrested. Is it true that you compromise JSC officers?” posed the Tiaty MP.

The EACC Vice Chairperson, Irine Keino responded by saying investigations were underway since no one can be arrested without credible evidence against them.

“It is not that we compromise the JSC but investigation work is in progress and given enough time you will see culprits of corruption in court. Our commission is pressed in carrying out investigations, that’s why we need employment of more staff now that we have received the Lamu land grabbers file,” said Keino.

She said the 10 000 police recruits should not be entirely disqualified because the commission’s investigation found that only 12 centers were affected by recruitment malpractices.

“We sent our 12 officers to centers affected with corruption to carry out investigation and we noted that the complaints were almost the same. The commission deals with case to case in its investigation but not dealt altogether because the reported cases are rated on provided evidence leading to investigation and arrests,” said Keino.

Kamama further said his committee will engage the Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo to consider the recruitment of Gladys Chepkechei, a woman in Baringo County who has been dismissed five times from joining the Police Service on claims of being pregnant and medically unfit.

“I think next time when we meet the IG, we shall deliberate on the fate of the lady in Baringo branded as being pregnant for four years without giving birth,” said Kamama.

Rongo MP, Dalmas Otieno, who is also the Defence committee member challenged EACC to not only  deploy its officers to corruption hotspots for investigations but also use other agencies in probing the public hiring and tendering sectors.

Otieno added that the Anti-corruption commission should also devise preventive action of stopping prospective police recruits from engaging in bribery to enhance transparency and fairness.

Kamama said his committee's investigations into the controversial police recruitment exercise will be completed on Tuesday next week upon receiving the audit report from the Police Service before it is presented in Parliament for MPs to decide whether the entire recruitment should be nullified or not.

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