I did not eat chicken, IEBC boss Hassan tells EACC
08 March 2016, 21:05
Nairobi - Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission’s CEO Issack Hassan appeared before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to answer allegations over the ‘Chickengate’ scandal.
Capital News reported that the IEBC officials are accused of having received bribes running into millions of shillings code-named ‘chicken’ during the procurement of electoral materials.
Addressing the media after his interrogation at EACC offices in Nairobi, Hassan said that the anti-corruption body wanted to know his role in the procurement of the ballot papers and the officers involved.
“I didn’t ask or receive any bribe in this ‘Chickengate’ matter. I wasn’t even mentioned as having ever received any bribe," he is quoted as saying.
Hassan also called upon the EACC to fast track investigations and prosecute those found guilty.
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The Daily Nation reported further that Hassan, former IEBC Chief Executive Officer James Oswago, former commissioner and one-time Energy Secretary Davis Chirchir are among officials implicated in the scam.
“We went through the documents they received from Britain including emails exchanged between Smith & Ouzman and Trevy Oyombra and I was asked to comment on some of them,” Mr Hassan said as reported by the Nation.
In the emails some commissioners and former Interim Independent Electoral Commission staff have been mentioned as having asked for kickbacks during the procurement to purchase ballot papers for Shinyalu, South Mugirango and Bomachoge by-elections and the 2010 Constitutional referendum.
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