EACC Dismiss claims of Political witch hunt in their operations

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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has denied as mere perception allegations that the agency is being used to settle political scores in the country, the COUNTY DIARY has learnt.

The mandate of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is to gather information on corruption occurring in Government and the public Sector from a variety of sources.

These sources include members of the public, heads of government departments and agencies, officials working in both the public and private sectors and the media.

The reports can be made at the EACC headquarter (Integrity Center), our regional offices and all Huduma Centers countrywide.

The EACC’s Preventive Services Director Vincent Okongo defended the anti-graft agency saying it was executing its duties as mandated and stipulated by the law and had no room for politics.

He said there is also a False Claims Bill which is being formulated to necessitate prosecution of individuals who give false information to EACC.

“Claims that wrangling leaders have been using EACC to settle political scores are baseless. We don’t exist to serve anybody’s political interests but to safeguard the interest of this country,” Mr Okongo said.

This after Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu accused EACC of falling prey to malicious schemes by her detractors whom she claimed were bent on derailing her development agenda for the county.

They spoke in Kitui Town during presentation of EACC’s report on corruption risk assessment into the systems, policies, procedures and practices of work in the County Executive and Assembly.

“We receive corruption related reports from anybody who comes to us and subject such to thorough scrutiny to ascertain validity of such information before any action is taken against the alleged culprits,” the Director explained.

Okongo added that the agency even advises Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to terminate cases found to be constituted on falsehoods meant to victimize or taint images of individuals.

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