Investigative agencies on trial for fraudulent, irregular dealings

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Investigating agencies are on trial for a number of public officers accused of carrying out fraudulent and irregular dealings in government departments.

The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) is combing on questionable transactions at the Ministry of Environment while the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is tracking government officers who approved irregular construction of buildings in riparian land.

Officers in critical government departments have recently been accused of perpetrating corrupt deals.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta alluded to this state of affairs on Thursday threatening stringent action against the culprits.

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Hours after this groundbreaking statement from the head of state, agencies tasked with the responsibility to fight sleaze in the country swiftly swung into action.

The police department now announcing that it is going after persons who superintended over the issuance of irregular land documents and subsequent approval of constructions on such land.

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In this regard, the DCI wants all persons whose buildings have been brought down or earmarked for demolition to present themselves at its offices to state their cases.

The ultimatum coming even as the Ethics and anti corruption agency instituted probe into graft related affairs at the ministry of Environment.

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EACC Chief Executive Halakhe Waqo disclosed that he will particularly narrow down to the systems and practices which could have facilitated fraud in the ministry.

Waqo, who unveiled a six-member team to spearhead the process, is however warning officers in the ministry against non-compliance.

The report on this investigation is due in four months time with similar exercise planned for other state departments in the coming days.

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