EACC un­able to fight graft, says Nke­di­anye

Says agency is us­ing dou­ble stan­dards

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - KURGAT MARINDANY @Kmarin­dany

Ka­ji­ado Gover­nor David Nke­di­anye yes­ter­day ac­cused the EACC of ap­ply­ing dou­ble stan­dards in fight­ing cor­rup­tion.

Nke­di­anye said he doubts the anti-graft agency stands a chance of “bail­ing Kenya out of cor­rup­tion that is threat­en­ing to crip­ple the econ­omy.”

He said the coun­try is headed for the the dark­est times be­cause of numer­ous un­re­solved cor­rup­tion cases in the na­tional and county gov­ern­ments. The gover­nor spoke at the Maa­sai Tech­ni­cal Train­ing Col­lege in Ka­ji­ado where he at­tended the launch of the county’s ex­ec­u­tive and as­sem­bly cor­rup­tion risk assess­ment week.

“I have for­warded many cor­rup­tion cases in the lands sec­tor, per­pe­trated by se­nior pub­lic of­fi­cers posted in Ka­ji­ado. None has been re­solved,” Nke­di­anye said.

He said this graft is car­ried out by county land of­fices where pub­lic ser­vants col­lude with car­tels to de­fraud own­ers of their prop­erty.

“How can one ex­plain cases where se­nior na­tional gov­ern­ment of­fi­cers posted to Ka­ji­ado have now be­come mem­bers of group ranches? It has never hap­pened any­where in the coun­try but is ram­pant in Ka­ji­ado,” Nke­di­anye said. He pre­dicted eco­nomic col­lapse if the EACC does not change.

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