EACC concludes case against 11 county officials

Eleven members of the Public Service Board have a two-week wait before they can know their fate following a probe into alleged fraudulent employment practices.

The members are being questioned by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) officials in connection to the hiring of staff over the past two financial years.

EACC Deputy Director for Western Kenya Region Aura Chibole said the agency has been investigating the matter for several months.

“We are in the process of concluding investigations and once we finalise, we will present our recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions,” said Mr Chibole.

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According to detectives, the board fraudulently employed staff in the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 financial years and awarded them salaries despite not having the right qualifications.

Last week, EACC Western Region Director Ignatius Wekesa told The Standard that the commission had received several complaints from the public about the appointments.

“We are investigating them for abuse of office and corruption because we have many petitions by members of the public on irregular appointments,” said Mr Wekesa.

Wekesa added they had requested the board secretary to provide them with original documents such as advertisement for various positions, the list of people who applied, their qualifications and their interview reports.

Chibole yesterday confirmed that the officials, who appeared before detectives, had come with some of the requested documents.

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“We are hoping that we will be able to conclude this part by around mid-March or before,” he said.

Meanwhile, ten members of the Kisumu County Assembly will start appearing before the commission today as investigations begin into alleged fraud and chaos that has rocked the assembly in recent months.

Chibole confirmed that the MCAs were part of a group that engaged in altercations at the assembly on Tuesday last week.

Chaos broke out after Budget Committee chairman Steve Owiti was replaced by Central Kisumu Ward MCA Judith Ogaga.

One of the MCAs snatched the mace and attempted to flee before he was stopped by the sergeant-at-arms.

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In a separate case, the commission is also investigating the alleged fraudulent purchase of seats by the county assembly for MCAs.

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