Orengo says EACC report is based on rumours and gossip
02 April 2015, 14:35
Nairobi – The corruption report by the anti-graft agency stirred a stormy debate in the Senate, with the opposition senators questioning President Uhuru Kenyatta's commitment in the fight against graft.
Although senators from both coalitions commended President Kenyatta’s move to apologize for injustices committed to citizens by his administration and the past governments, senators from the opposition faulted the confidential report of alleged corrupt officers.
The Cord coalition senators maintained the report lacks substantial evidence to the allegations against the officers implicated in corruption and warned that it may be an embarrassment to the Jubilee government when most cases will be dismissed for lack of adequate evidence.
Siaya Senator, James Orengo who is also named in the corruption list of shame argued that the report lacks credibility and is based on mere rumours and gossip.
“The contents of the report have not been concluded. This matter touches on our reputation. If we want to deal with this animal called corruption, we must come up with extra ordinary mechanism and not the President turning into a whistle blower,” said Orengo.
“If out of this list of 175 people, only five are found guilty, it will be an embarrassment to the president. Let us try and do things the right way. The infighting at EACC has resulted in this list, as all the commissioners are fighting for the president’s attention,” he warned.
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Mandera Senator, Billow Kerrow who also faulted the report said he does not condone corruption but the President’s approach is wrong and tactless to deal with the vice.
“The president should fire his advisers for failing to advise him accordingly. They misguided the president to release the report without authenticating the claims. It is meant to embarrass the Presidency,” warned Kerrow.
Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, “It is encouraging that the President is walking the talk on corruption, however elected leaders cannot be dealt with the same way as appointed leaders. This war must not be fought selectively.”
“There are certain individuals synonymous with corruption. We want the war on corruption not to be publicized”. He questioned how a staff at the DP’s office was named in the list accused to have used KES100 million to mobilize MPs to save Devolution CS Ann Waiguru from impeachment last July,” he added.
However, the Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki defended the Jubilee government’s fight against corruption maintaining that President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have shown their commitment to fighting the vice by making public the list of alleged corrupt officers through Parliament.
“The president is even willing to look into his executive and hold everyone individually accountable. He has decided not to shield anybody,” said Kindiki.
The Senators suggested that the EACC commissioners should be sacked following their internal fighting which raises questions of their commitment and integrity, if Kenyans are to gain confidence in the commission’s work.
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