Mercy Mwai @wangumarci
Three sitting governors and one former governor are among 48 people who could soon be arrested and prosecuted for abuse of office, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said yesterday.
On the same chopping board are two sitting Permanent Secretaries, three serving commissioners of independent commissions, two sitting Members of Parliament and a number of parastatal heads.
The commission’s chief executive Halakhe Waqo yesterday said they are waiting for the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji to return the files to them for prosecution.
Speaking after appearing before the Senate Committee on Justice, legal affairs, and human rights, Waqo said the individuals will be charged with abuse of office, misuse of public resources as well as flouting of procurement laws. He was accompanied by the EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala.
Waqo said the commission has in the past lost the war on graft because of court injunctions with the highest number coming from Meru county where former governor Peter Munya secured six court injunctions prohibiting the commission from carrying out investigations. The four governors are among 20 other sitting governors that the commission is currently investigating for misuse of public funds.
“There are some four governors that we are investigating, three are currently serving and one is a former. We also have one or two PSs, three commissioners of independent commissions, directors and parastatal heads that are on our radar,” he said.
Waqo said there are plans of re-opening the case against former Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau. According to the commission, the collapse of the case against Kamau led to the crumbling of 125 other cases which were tied to it. Wabukala dismissed talks of disbanding the commission and said they are working in synergy with the investigative agencies including the DCI and DPP.
But committee members led by Mutula Kilonzo Junior (Makuneni), Mithika Linturi (Meru), and Amos Wako (Busia) demanded to know whether there is any need to have the commission in place when there is an outcry that the commission is not working.
“Please tell us why we should have faith in this commission yet you have only been targeting small fish,” said Kilonzo.