MP wants EACC disbanded, employees vetted
08 February 2016, 20:59
Nairobi - Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter says that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commision EACC should be disbanded and its employees vetted.
According to Capital News, Keter said he will petition Parliament to compel the newly
appointed EACC Chairman Phillip Kinisu to expedite the process of
screening staff at the commission’s secretariat, headed by Chief
Executive Halakhe Waqo.
The first-term MP said he was concerned the commission is fast losing
public confidence in the fight against corruption, especially after it
cleared former Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru of
any wrongdoing in the loss of funds at the National Youth Service.
“When Parliament resumes tomorrow I will move a motion to force the
new commissioners to vet afresh most of the officers at the EACC; they
are more corrupt than any other Kenyan. It is the reason why Kenyans
cannot see the fruits of EACC as a body that is mandated to fight
graft,” he told a news conference at Parliament Buildings.
Keter accused the commission of conducting sloppy investigations.
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According to The Star, Keter claimed some of the staff have been using their positions at the
commission as a ‘toll station’ to extort suspects under investigation.
“We have a failed institution by the name of EACC, which instead of
focusing on issues to do with graft, they are the ones who are involving
themselves with corruption activities, they are busy trying to get
bribes from them so that they can give them a clean bill of health.”
“That is why there is a talk in town, if you want to steal; steal
big-time, because all those institutions like EACC will be toll stations
so you will need to have enough money to sort them as you move ahead,”
Keter said as he appealed to the DPP to ensure credible investigations
are done in the Waiguru matter.
Keter who has fallen out with his colleagues at the Jubilee Coalition
accused the EACC of abdicating its independent mandate and instead
playing to the whims of the Executive.
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