Little activity as Uhuru 60 day ultimatum approaaches
11 May 2015, 18:38
Nairobi - With close to 60 days over in which the president expects persons mentioned in a report on graft to be investigated, very little has been achieved by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC.
The president, when releasing the EACC report on anti corruption asked that public officials named, take leave from office for 60 days to pave way for investigations.
But with the 60 days close to completion, there have been a handful of the 175 people named in the report that have been interrogated by the EACC.
Out of the few, only 25 files have been put up for criminal consideration by the EACC to the Director of Public Prosecutions and into the sixth week of eight, the first batch of names will finally be prosecuted.
But will the 60 day ultimatum be enough?
According to experts, it will not, as the time required to collect enough evidence and put it in a shape that is good enough to go to court with is not easy.
" It takes a long time to prosecute such cases simply because of their complex nature," James Owigi, a Nairobi based criminal lawyer says.
" They are cases with political links so they might take time to collect evidence. Then again, the assumption is that the cases are criminal cases. They need to be proved beyond reasonable doubt."
" For majority of the cases, the timeline will possibly go towards a year to two years," he says.
It is not yet clear whether the president will ask those officials who have resigned from office in the meantime to stay outside until the investigations are done or not.
Thus far, several Cabinet Secretaries have stepped aside from office as they await clearance from the EACC over their corruption cases.
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