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D-Day for officials on ‘List of Shame’

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D-Day for officials on ‘List of Shame’

D-Day for officials on ‘List of Shame’

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is expected to make a major announcement on Sunday on the status of graft investigations involving top government officials.

The announcement is supposed to indicate whether the 175 officials, who include five Cabinet secretaries, will return to office or be prosecuted over corrupt deals.

On Saturday, EACC officials were busy putting final notes on investigation files ahead of Sunday’s media briefing.

With the 60-day ultimatum President Uhuru Kenyatta gave to the anti-graft body to act on the “List of Shame” expiring on Monday, attention is fast shifting to what the Head of State will do next to pursue the war on corruption; failure to act has severely dented the Jubilee government’s credibility.

The nation will be waiting to see the President’s next move given that none of the “big fish” on the list of 175, mostly government officials, has been arraigned in court to face charges.

Both the EACC and the Director of Public prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko are running late. The focus has particularly been on the five Cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries on suspension.

Land Secretary Charity Ngilu, her Transport counterpart Michael Kamau, the Energy ministry’s Davis Chirchir, Mr Felix Koskei of Agriculture, and Kazungu Kambi of Labour have been waiting to know their fate since they were forced out of office two months ago.

The suspended PSs are Mr Mutea Iringo (Defence), Mr Nduva Muli (Transport), Mr Patrick Omutia (Mining) and Mr James Teko (Water).

The Public Service Commission is currently conducting interviews for PSs after publishing a list of shortlisted candidates last week.

UNDER PRESSURE

Whereas President Kenyatta appears to have prepared an exit strategy from the beginning — perhaps aware of what he was getting himself into — when he proclaimed that it was “not my place to determine the guilt or otherwise of any of the people mentioned in the said report or any other”, he will increasingly be under pressure to justify his pronouncement to an expectant public.

The President’s deadline to EACC also raised eyebrows as he is not mandated to direct constitutional commissions.

“The investigating authority must ensure that the Director of Public Prosecutions has received the subject files without delay. I also want to caution that this should not be an open-ended process; justice must be expeditious, as justice delayed is justice denied,” the President said in March.

-Nation.co.ke

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