We need 2,400 staff to clear case back­log, says EACC

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

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.

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