EACC boss Twalib says Kenyans to blame for corruption in the country
Twalib Abdallah Mbarak, the CEO of Kenya's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), has chastised Kenyans, accusing them of being at the root of the country's corruption problems due to poor vetting of leaders.
Mr. Mbarak stated that whenever a corruption case is brought before the EACC and the DPP for investigation, the trail always leads back to the people who elected the leaders in those positions.
"Many times, all the issues we found in the counties we are investigating are as a result of the citizen not doing a preliminary vetting of the type of person they are voting for. If we want to address corruption, we have to address the need to have a clean society culture, " said Mbarak speaking at an interview on Citizen TV.
He also stated that, despite significant progress, the war on corruption still has a long way to go, stating that it is difficult to attend to all cases at this time, blaming it on understaffing and limited resources.
"One of the biggest problems we have is budgetary constrain the money we are given is not enough. There is the issue of backlog, we are presented with over 5,300 cases a year yet we lack enough officers to assign to every case. a case is always assigned two officers. There is need to amend the law to have a threshold of which cases the EACC can handle but today we are in a very tight corner," said the EACC boss.
He claims that case handling is slow because they are limited in their ability to control the calendar of events, and that they are aimed primarily at people of high social status who appear untouchable and ensure that their resources are equal to the prosecution's.
"There are multiple issues that make us move very slowly in a corruption case. For the high level corruption case where the guy is untouchable or a 'big fish', he does not come with one lawyer, he comes with six refined lawyers in that case and everything you do you do it very systematic and we don't have the calendar of events. Those things make the way we handle our cases very slow," said Mbarak.
"In such cases the witnesses are compromised. A key witness involved in a case involved with millions of shillings and they are accused silently by being given something small to not appear in court. We have withdrawn cases as a result of witnesses disappearing, " he added.
Mbarak said that the three main pillars: a clean society culture, a clean political environment and strengthened justice institutions will be the main aid to to addressing corruption in the nation.