September 24, 2018

Legislators demand exit of EACC senior officials

By Jude Titus

Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter and his Homa Bay colleague Peter Kaluma want senior officials of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission [EACC] exit office for clearing corruption allegations against the former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.

The two MPs said that the senior officials led by the CEO Halakhe Waqo should take full responsibility for ‘botched’ investigations into the Sh791m National Youth Service [NYS] graft case.

The Members of Parliament threatened to remove them through a process in Parliament if the recently appointed EACC Commissioners do not take immediate drastic measures.

‘‘The new EACC Commissioners have 60 days to remove these individuals from Integrity Centre or face action from Parliament,’’ the MPs said.

This comes after Josephine Kabura revealed that the former Devolution CS, Anne Waiguru was at the heart of the Sh791m NYS graft case. Josephine Kabura, a businesswoman was one of the suspects charged in the NYS corruption scandal.

In a sworn affidavit filed in court yesterday, Kabura alleged that Waiguru was behind the sh791m scandal. She said that she had business deals with the former CS and another accused businessman Benson Gethi.

On February 8, 2016 Alfred Keter made headlines when he claimed that the manner in which EACC handled the corruption allegations against Anne Waiguru was questionable. Anne Waiguru on her twitter account rubbed off Keter and asked him to explain his unusual interest on matters relating to her.

‘‘Alfred Keter should explain his unusual interest on matters relating to me. Is he on payroll of corruption networks that we crippled at NYS? Why didn’t he complain when other CSs and others aligned to him were cleared by EACC,’’ Waiguru’s twitted.

Keter and Kaluma also said that the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP] should immediately withdraw criminal cases facing the public servants taken to court as scapegoats and direct proper investigations into the scandal.

‘‘Those charged were scapegoats and the real culprits are walking free in the streets,’’ the MPs reiterated.

‘‘Kabura cannot be mad to make all those claims. We cannot destroy people’s careers to save one individual,’’ Kaluma added.

The EACC today launched a fresh process into the NYS scandal following an affidavit by Josephine Kabura and said all persons of interest will be summoned to help with the probe.

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