Anti-graft agency to conclude list of shame probe in two weeks, Waqo
Published on: July 23, 2015 06:30 (EAT)
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) will conclude investigations on 124 names in the list of shame in two weeks, this according CEO Halakhe Waqo. Waqo said there are 8 files awaiting the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko. The files include those of former Judiciary Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei, the County Government of Narok, the County Government of Vihiga, Mt. Elgon MP John Serut, Kenya Railway and the County Government of Isiolo. Waqo was before Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee which is probing the state of investigations on corruption cases. Tobiko, who also appeared before the committee, said that he will give his verdict on 8 corruption files handed to him by the EACC in the next two weeks including the one on Mrs. Shollei who is likely to face prosecution over the controversial procurement of Chief Justice’s resident. Waqo denied claims by CORD leader Raila Odinga that the names of Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Ahmed Isaack Hassan were removed from the EACC dossier handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta. He, however, said that the commission has already interrogated Waiguru over the alleged National Youth Service tender scam. The EACC CEO insisted that Waiguru is not under any graft investigations. The EACC dossier was presented in Parliament during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of The Nation address three months ago. The EACC dossier forced five Cabinet Secretaries to step aside to pave way for investigations. The EACC dossier also implicated 13 Governors, two Senators, 61 MPs and three Principal Secretaries in corrupt dealings. In the dossier, Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu was accused of inflating the value the controversial Waitiki Farm in Mombasa by Ksh 110 million with an aim of getting a kick-back of Ksh 65 million. Suspended Agriculture CS Felix Koskei was accused of flouting tendering procedures by secretly allocating permits to sugar importers. Labour CS Kazungu Kambi was accused of being involved in the controversial NSSF Tassia-2 project which was inflated from Ksh 3 billion to Ksh 5 billion. Suspended transport CS Michael Kamau was accused of manipulating road tender awards for his own benefit. Davis Chirchir, the Energy CS, was accused of attempting to influence award of tender of Kenya Pipeline Company to Sinopec instead of Zakhem which was to cost USD50 million. All members of the Parliament Public Accounts Committee and Agriculture Committee were also been implicated.