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IEBC Chair, Issack Hassan cleared in Chickengate scandal

20 July 2016, 10:58

Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has cleared Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chair, Issack Hassan in the famous chickengate scandal.

The scandal involved several officials at the defunct Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) who allegedly received bribes from a British firm, Smith and Ouzman.

The firm allegedly gave out bribes amounting to KES 52 million to the polls officials in order to secure printing tenders in 2010.

Read Also: Three politicians who lost their grip in politics

In email and phone communications, the parties involved referred to the bribes as 'chicken' hence the name 'chickengate'.

EACC grilled 16 officials implicated in the saga, including current IEBC chair Issack Hassan, former chief executive James Oswago, a former commissioner Yusuf Nzibo and Trevy Oyombra.

On Tuesday, EACC exonerated Hassan but recommended the prosecution of four officials.

In a statement, the anti-graft body said: "In the file EACC has found evidence of criminal culpability on the part of and recommended criminal charges agains the following persons: James Humphrey Obanda Oswago, Trevy James Oyambra, Hamida Ali Kibwana and Kenneth Karani."

Oyombra and Oswago are said to have masterminded the saga.

- News24


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