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No discrimination in the fight against corruption, says EACC boss

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has dismissed Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s claims that the ongoing corruption investigation against her is politically instigated.

EACC Chief Executive Officer, Twalib Mbarak said Waiguru’s case has been ongoing for months even before her recent defection from Jubilee to UDA terming ‘her public outburst’ as political manipulation for popularity.”

He added that Kirinyaga Governor’s graft investigations started when she was on the Jubilee side of the political formation, saying her recent decamping could be just a political scheme to sway public opinion for political survival.

In an exclusive interview with KNA, he further revealed that the file of her case will be subjected to a thorough scrutiny process, by different experts’ investigators, before being forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution, Noordin Haji, for perusal and recommendations.

“You have an ongoing case against a Governor. The politician somewhere monitors the case and then jumps on the other side of the political divide, then starts saying, I am being harassed. The file of the said Governor has not even gone to the DPP. It is within a certain stage of the investigation. If she is misinformed by some quarters, I am sorry for her,” Twalib commented.  

He asked politicians, who believe that EACC is being misused to wait for investigation to be complete and files taken to the DPP.

Mbarak further described their investigations as “a mix platter” involving politicians drawn from both the government and opposition’s side.

We have nine Governors, we have charged with corruption. Some of them are in ODM and Jubilee or what they call Tangatanga and Kieleweke,” he said.

He further stated that EACC is not “a kangaroo organization” that operates outside the law, saying before suspects are prosecuted, thorough forensic investigations have been done to generate empirical based evidence, to sustain charges and convictions.

Mbarak further indicated that evidence analysts or crime readers, composed of seasoned lawyers scrutinize investigation files to verify for water tight evidence, before forwarding to the Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal and considerations.

 “We have a system at the EACC. We don’t just pick and say charge these persons. Anything you do at the end of the day, we go before an independent court and the accused will hire good lawyers and if that case is weak, it will collapse. So, are we that mad to make false charges against a politician,” he paused.

The EACC Chief said his agency has a 70 percent rating of successful convictions in court due to massive investigations and forensic based analysis of evidence of economic crimes in the country.

Mbarak said some politicians who embezzled public money have panicked due to experts and intelligence based investigations, adding that politicization of the fight against corruption will not hinder his agency from discharging its mandates.

Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC) Chief Executive Officer, Mbarak Twalib, confers with Director of Public Prosecutions(DPP), Noordin Haji, during National Council on Administration of Justice (NCAJ) forum at  the Serena Beach Hotel, Mombasa

SourceKNA
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