Karua blasts EACC for summoning Raila
10 December 2015, 15:01
Nairobi - Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua wants the country's anti-graft agency to stop issuing summons to Kenyans who have raised questions on how the KES 250 Billion Eurobond was spent.
The former Justice Minister faulted the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for summoning whistle-blowers like Cord leader Raila Odinga among others, noting that the agency should be the one with answers.
EACC officials on Tuesday asked Raila to appear before them today, to expound on any information he knows regarding the Eurobond. The former Prime Minister has been vocal on the matter, asking the government to explain how the cash was put into use.
Controversial businessman Jacob Juma , who has been on the forefront on social media talking about the missing KES 140 Billion in the saga has already been grilled by the anti-graft officials after being summoned.
" Summoning those asking questions regarding the Eurobond is a way of trying to intimidate and gag them. It is wrong to use intimidation against a person who only wants explanation over the expenditure of public funds," said Karua.
Speaking Wednesday in Nairobi during the commemoration of the 11th international anti-corruption day, Karua said Raila as a private citizen has no information on how government money was spent.
She pointed out that is the constitutional right of any Kenyan to know how the money was used, noting that it is improper to threaten such people with summons.
"It is absurd that EACC is asking members of the public to give them information regarding the Eurobond, when the institution is the one supposed to be having the information whether the cash was spent well or not," she explained.
"The Jubilee government is in power and Kenyans expect them to diligently discharge their mandate. When the opposition raises questions, its leaders should not be intimidated by being asked to give more information, when the government with all its agencies is expected to have answers," noted Karua.
ODM Nominated MP Isaac Mwaura who was present echoed Karua's sentiments and noted that the country is not in a one party state.
"Summoning people who raise issues with government expenditure shows incompetence of the investigating agencies. It is basically intimidation. We are not back in the 1990's, we are not in the 'dark days'," observed Mwaura.
During the celebration organized by the National Integrity Alliance, Five Kenyans and two institutions were feted for being in forefront in fighting corruption and corrupt practices. The seven were given the Integrity Champions Awards.
Among those honoured was veteran journalist Catherine Gicheru for her fearless reporting. Institutions recognized were African Centre for Open governance(AFRICOG) for standing firm in defence of Post Election Violence victims and the National Land Commission which has demonstrated commitment to protect public land.
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