By Calvin Osiemo
Two Cabinet Secretaries, two governors and the chairman of a constitutional commission could be the first to be charged in the ongoing drive against corruption. This is after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) completed investigations against them and is now waiting to present their findings to the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Keriako Tobiko. If the cases are approved, the officials could be arraigned in a court of law to face corruption allegations
An anonymous source has revealed to a local daily that investigations into others named on the list of shame are still ongoing and ministers could be charged next after the Governors and Cabinet Secretaries.
“Investigations for the two governors, the chairman of the independent commission and the two high-ranking county officials – the speaker and county secretary – are complete and they should be in court any time from Monday. The ministers will follow shortly after,” said the source who requested for anonymity.
Others named in the ‘list of shame’ include Nairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero , Meru Governor Peter Munya , Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi, Garissa Governor Nathif Jama, Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto and Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti.
The list did not exclude Cabinet Secretaries such as Lands C.S. Charirty Ngilu, Labour C.S. Kazungu Kambi, Energy C.S. Davis Chirchir, Agriculture C.S. Felix Koskei and C.S. for transport Eng. Michael Kamau. However, several officials named on the list have protested their innocence, saying the investigation is a political tool being used to tarnish their reputation.
The EACC is under intense pressure to conclude its investigations in 60 days following a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I want to caution that this should not be an open-ended process; justice must be expeditious, as justice delayed is justice denied. Therefore, this should be concluded within the next 60 days,” the President said.