DPP wants Parliament given criminal detectives to arrest corruption
03 March 2016, 17:16
Nairobi – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has proposed that criminal investigative agencies be attached to parliamentary committees probing how public money is spend by accounting officers from various government departments and agencies.
Tobiko said he has been receiving recommendations from parliamentary committees; particularly the Public Accounts and Public Investments, asking him to prosecute officers involved in the mismanagement of the taxpayers’ money but could not effect the directive due to criminality shortfalls in the reports.
“Neither Parliament nor parliamentary committees are mandated to conduct criminal investigations but oversight. Reports My office is not also an investigative body but a prosecutions one,” said Tobiko.
“My office has been receiving recommendations from parliamentary committees asking me to have accounting officers prosecuted but I forward the reports to relevant criminal investigative agencies to further probe the issues for substantial evidence before directing for their prosecutions,” he added.
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While responding to the MPs’ concern that he was delaying in acting on reports forwarded his office, Tobiko proposed parliamentary committees to be attached with criminal investigative officers during their probing like other countries do such as Rwanda, for immediate action to be taken against officers caught in misuse of public funds.
However, the DPP raised concern that his office has been faced with the challenge of prosecuting numerous criminal cases emerging from parliament because of politicking the matter.
“Sometimes parliamentary committee recommendations against some officers are mutilated on the floor of the House to serve interests of certain political parties, thus, making it difficult for my office to prosecute the matter,” said Tobiko.
He assured that his office is committed in the fight against corruption and added that he will not hesitate acting on a report from parliament demanding prosecution of officers involved in procurement malpractices and looting of public funds.
The DPP was speaking during the round-table discussion between Parliament and key government organs concerned with policy making and implementation such as the Presidency, Judiciary, Solicitor General, the Controller of Budget, Treasury, and the Auditor General.
The meeting was chaired by National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi, who called for collaboration among various government agencies and departments in discharging their constitutional duties.
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