Keter wants EACC officials probed for irregularly clearing Waiguru
09 February 2016, 08:14
Nairobi - Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter has launched a fresh assault on the country’s anti-corruption agency for clearing Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru of any wrongdoing in alleged graft cases at her previous docket.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and police who were investigating the loss of KES 791 million at NYS and conspiracy to steal KES 695 million at the Ministry of Devolution absolved Waiguru from blame.
Keter on Monday expressed disappointment with the commission for clearing the former influential Cabinet Secretary, noting that there was ‘overwhelming’ evidence to prosecute her for the loss of funds.
Speaking at a press briefing in parliament buildings, the lawmaker said he will petition the House to probe the commissioners and officials working at EACC, for failing Kenyans and irregularly clearing Ms Waiguru.
“EACC is a collapsed institution. Kenyans expected so much more from them. I will table a petition when parliament resumes today to have the officials who handled her case and gave her a clean bill of health vetted,” he said.
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On Thursday, EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo wrote to the Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua informing him that they did not find any evidence to warrant a recommendation for Waiguru's prosecution.
Keter questioned the manner and speed with which the commission probed the former CS and cleared her, pointing out that there are many more pending cases of graft that the anti-corruption agency is handling.
“The assertion that the commission did not find any evidence against Waiguru is both misleading and wanting. This is because some of us had credible evidence against her and I even tabled the same in Parliament and yet EACC did not bother to give me an audience,” he said.
“The investigation that led to her being left of the hook was not above board. Money must have exchanged hands. I want those who handled the matter probed by parliament and those found to have been compromised sent packing,” he explained.
The former Devolution CS on November 22, following spirited campaigns by opposition leaders and other politicians, bowed to pressure and resigned.
Waiguru cited health issues as the reason behind her decision to step down and requested the President to accord her lighter duties in future.
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