EACC reveals names of 20 governors to be arrested on graft

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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has revealed that it has incriminating evident to use in court against a number of current and former governors in corruption-related charges.

Vincent Okong’o, EACC Preventive Director, on Tuesday said more than 20 sitting and former governors are under active investigation for corruption-related issues and would soon be arrested and arraigned.

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The county bosses include Samburu’s Moses Lenolkulal, Okoth Obado (Migori) and Busia’s Sospeter Ojaamong. Lenolkulal is facing prosecution over a Sh2 billion suspected fraud.

Some of the sitting and former governors who have already recorded statements with the Eliud Wabukala-led commission include Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Martin Wambora (Embu), Okoth Obado (Migori), Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Evans Kidero (Nairobi), Samuel Ragwa (Tharaka-Nithi), Godana Doyo (Isiolo) and Nathif Jama (Garissa).

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The high-profile individuals are likely to face accusations of failure to comply with the law relating to public finance management and fraudulent acquisition of public property among other offences.

According to Okong’o, an EACC visit to at least 19 county executives and 17 county assemblies had revealed that most devolved units had weak systems that made it easier for the graft to flourish in the two entities.

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It was even made worse when county executives colluded with ward representatives to loot and swindle public resources.

EACC has proposed an amendment to the law to empower the commission to monitor wealth declaration digitally in order to mitigate the ongoing graft in the national and county governments.

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