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No special treatment during arrests, EACC tells governors



The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) says there are no sacred cows in the ongoing war against graft.

In an apparent reference to county governors’ demands for special treatment when their cases come up before the commission, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said the agency will execute its mandate without paying regard to suspects’ status in society.

The Council of Governors came out guns blazing on Monday this week to condemn the manner in which Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was frog-matched to Integrity Center for questioning by detectives at the anti-graft agency EACC.

In its protest against arrests made in the glare of cameras, the governors’ council demanded that its members be treated with decorum owing to their positions.

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While calling for honourable arrests, CoG Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said “Why can’t they have decency? Just summon the Governor, tell him you wish to go to his house for a search instead of all these dramas in front of the media,”.

But Twalib maintains suspects will be treated equally when they appear before the commission until they clear their names.

“A criminal suspect is a criminal suspect, no special treatment,” Mbarak said.

Meanwhile, the British government has promised to collaborate with Kenya to trace and recover stolen assets stashed in Britain.

While affirming his commitment in supporting Kenya in the war on graft, British High Commissioner to Kenya Nicholas Hailey said Britain will offer expertise support to help in the investigation of the ongoing corruption cases.

Speaking after a meeting with EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak, British High Commissioner to Kenya Nicholas Hailey said his county remains committed to enhance the capacity of the anti-graft body.

Hailey said his government is ready to help Kenya recover properties held in Britain once the suspects have been convicted.

Twalib said EACC will collaborate with Britain in areas of Asset tracking and recovery, financial investigations and integration of technology in handling sophisticated economic crimes

In the meantime, the Director of Public Prosecutions wants members of the clergy to aid graft war by keenly scrutinizing sources of donations made to the church by politicians.

The DPP says the clergymen should use their houses of worship to enhance the ongoing efforts by the government to deal a major blow to runaway corruption.

The religious leaders present welcomed the rallying call by Haji even as they pleaded with their counterparts not to allow their pulpits to be used for political activities.

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