Raila: I respect EACC but.....
12 December 2015, 11:12
Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga respects the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC but..
He does not think it is capable of going forward with the fight against corruption since its Constitutional mandate is all wrong.
Raila, speaking on Friday explained why he will not attend summons by the EACC on Monday, saying that as it stands, the Commision is not worthy of his time.
" I do have respect for the Constitution and I do respect the authority.
But EACC as it is currently constituted it is unconstitutional as being a
commission, it does not have commissioners as we speak,” he said at the Serena Hotel.
For some, his comments did not come as a surprise as the CORD leader has been accused by some of being an escapist and not having any evidence to back his claims that KES 250 billion worth of Eurobond money was misappropriated but he quickly came out to try argue his case.
" We have no information other than government documents and supporting
data and reports available on the Treasury and Central Bank websites. We
have relied entirely on government information published in two
financial reports for the financial year 2014/2015, namely the Quarterly
Economic and Budget Review for the fourth quarter of 2014/15, dated
August 2015, and the Budget Review and Outlook Paper dated September
2015," he added.
Raila though, was open to speaking about the issue with EACC officials as long as it is in the right manner.
" No one is escaping. The answers to the questions we are asking are in the National Treasury
and the Central Bank of Kenya and that is where the EACC should be
looking. We have sent this document and the questions to the EACC
through our lawyers,” he continued.
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