April 22, 2019

EACC questioned over charges against Auditor General Ouko

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Deputy CEO Michael Mubea was on Thursday questioned as to why the Commission recommended prosecution of the Auditor General Edward Ouko.

Mr Mubea was asked to explain his agency’s recommendation to have Mr Ouko prosecuted even as it emerged that there was no direct evidence linking him to irregularities in the procurement of an audit software.

MPs in the National Assembly Finance, Trade and Finance Committee tried to establish a link that supported the allegations the corruption agency made against Ouko.

“Our interest as a committee is the removal of one Edward Ouko, as the Auditor General of the Republic of Kenya so the clarifications we are seeking is what would be affecting the person and not his office in total and Mubea knows it better than us that officers under us do so many things with or without our knowledge,” stated Rongo MP, Dalmas Otieno.

Mubea conceded that the Commission was no longer probing Ouko after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko cleared him in February.

“When the file came back from the DPP there were recommendations; there were certain recommendations we made against the Auditor General, not his office, which the DPP directed that the evidence was not sufficient to sustain the charges and therefore he did not agree with us,” indicated Mubea.

“But there were also other areas that we were supposed to undertake investigations before charging some people who he had agreed with us, we should charge and those are the ones I said investigations are ongoing,” he added.

The Auditor General had on Wednesday sued President Uhuru Kenyatta, the National Assembly, its Speaker Justin Muturi and Clerk Justin Bundi as well as the Attorney-General Githu Muigai, to stop his removal from office.

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