Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission ordered to produce graft files

Kenya: A Parliamentary watchdog committee has directed the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission ( EACC) to produce investigation reports of various corruption cases that are currently under probe. The Justice and Legal Affairs committee wants the commission to furnish it with information relating to corruption scandals at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commission, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Mumias Sugar Company and the Langata Primary School land saga.

EACC Chair Mumo Matemu responded to summons issued last week and appeared before the committee on Tuesday for grilling. However, he was unable to produce the reports, only giving an overview of the status of cases under probe. The committee directed that the commission tables the reports next week on Tuesday, the same day the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko is scheduled to be grilled on cases that have been forwarded to his office for further action. “I hope you are ready to give us more information on various cases. This will be the first agenda that we will deal with next week,” said committee chair Samuel Chepkonga. Matemu, together with others top officials of the commission were taken to task over the role of the commission, including the status of investigations into mega scandals such as Anglo-Leasing. David Ochieng (Ugenya) claimed a senior official of the commission was sitting on crucial files, including that of IEBC and JSC. He demanded to know the whereabouts of the files. “I am told the official has been sitting on the files and only retrieves them to threaten people mentioned in the files,” claimed the MP.

Besides Matemu, other officials who appeared before the committee were Vice-Chair Irene Keino, chief executive officer Halakhe Wako and Deputy CEO Michael Mubea.