We need 2,400 staff to clear case backlog, says EACC
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has said it is overwhelmed by the high number of corruption cases being presented to it daily. Because of this, it has embarked on hiring more investigators to help clear the backlog of cases, some of which have dragged on for years. Deputy director Michael Mubea (pictured) said the commission has 400 staffers compared to the 2,400 needed to deal with the rising number of cases. “We have 60 new investigators and we shall recruit more,” he said. Mubea identified corruption in the police service as one of the major problems the EACC faces, saying it is on the rise. He urged Kenyans to stop bribing traffic officers because they are entitled to bond on any traffic offence. “We have heard of many complaints targeting traffic and NTSA officers. This can be resolved if we work as a team,” he said. Mubea said corruption among procurement officers is also high, as many of them amass wealth through shoddy deals. “We have seen government officers take bribes to issue ID cards. This poses a major security threat to the country,” he said. Mubea spoke at the Lake Naivasha Country Club during a leadership and integrity workshop for Kitui MCAs. He praised the county for becoming the first to gazette and sign its code of conduct, saying this will go a long way in addressing corruption. “The commission will offer technical support to the Kitui county assembly in fully enacting the code. We challenge other counties to follow suit,” he said. Assembly speaker George Ndotto said the workshop was meant to educate members about the new code.