MP Keter takes on EACC for clearing Waiguru

By Ben Chumba/Margaret Kalekye

Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter is threatening to petition parliament to order the vetting of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officials.

Keter claims the manner in which the commission handled corruption allegations against former Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru is questionable. But Waiguru in her twitter handle told off Keter and asked him to explain his unusual interest on matters relating to her.

The former CS demanded to know why Keter never complained when other Cabinet Secretaries were cleared by the same body.

She tweeted “Alfred Keter should explain his unusual interest on matters relating to me. Is he on payroll of corruption networks that we crippled at NYS? Why didn’t he complain when other CSs and others aligned to him were cleared by EACC”.

Keter said during a press conference at Parliament buildings that EACC’s decision to clear Waiguru over the 791 million shillings is suspicious and wants parliament to look into the matter.

“Why has the probe on Waiguru’s file been finished faster than those of others who are alleged to be corrupt. This is all wanting and misleading?” said Keter

“There are many other files the commission has not handled since last year. Why the rush to clear Waiguru? He asked”

“ The EACC officials are busy trying to collect bribes from those implicated in graft so that they can give them a clean bill of health. We will not allow this to happen. I will petition parliament that reconvenes tomorrow to vet the EACC officers afresh. We need an institution that is clean and can fight graft” said a visibly angry Keter.

The MP however maintains that this is not a vendetta against the former C.S but matters accountability.

“I insist that I have nothing against Ms Waiguru, it is just my civic duty to ensure that we have a nation that is free from corruption”

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission had been investigating various allegations touching the National Youth Service and the Ministry of Devolution.

The commission has since written to the Head of Public Serve Joseph Kinyua informing that it did not find any evidence to warrant a recommendation for Waiguru’s prosecution.

It is not however clear if EACC had written to the Director of the Public Prosecutions –DPP over the new development since it is only the DPP who can close an investigation file.




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