The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has blamed the judiciary for slowing down efforts by the commission to fight graft.
EACC chairman Eliud Wabukala, told the Senate on Wednesday, that the commission more often than not is tied because of lack of good will from the Judiciary in expediting cases taken to the courts.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jr put the chairman to task to explain among other things why Kenyans need the EACC when there are more informative exposes about corruption in the country from the newspapers.
“There’s talk that EACC should be disbanded because you are not working. Why should Kenyans continue to give you so many resources yet you are doing nothing,” said Mutula Kilonzo Jr.
Wabukala, who was appearing before the Senate Justice and Legal Affairs Committee also said that calls to disband the commission are ill-advised.
EACC further told the Senate committee that from July 2017-to date the commission has finalised 34 corruption cases which have resulted in 30 convictions, adding that 47 high profile corruption cases are ready for prosecution and it is also investigating 20 serving and former governors and called upon the judiciary to expedite the cases.
PETITION IN PARLIAMENT TO DISBAND EACC
Jubilee Cornely Serem has proposed a Bill seeking to amend Article 79 of the Constitution to disband EACC in its entirety.
Serem said the anti-graft body has failed to live to its mandate and is a waste of tax payer’s money.
“EACC has demonstrated failure to address issues under its mandate and it must take the blame for rampant corruption in the country,” he said.