EACC summons dead MCA for questioning

The late Central Sakwa MCA Johannes Andiego. [Courtesy]
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has come under sharp criticism by Kenyans on social media for 'summoning' a long-dead Member of County Assembly (MCA) to record statements over an alleged trip to Uganda.

EACC summoned the late Central Sakwa MCA Johannes Andiego to appear at its Kisumu offices on August 19, 2019.

The late MCA Andiego who was also the chief whip at the County Assembly died while serving his second term after being re-elected on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party ticket.

He was replaced by his son Charlton Andiego who won the seat after a by-election in 2018.

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The commission has been investigating the assembly for allegedly sponsoring a non-existent trip to Uganda where each MCA and support staff who was to go was allocated Sh200,000.

In a letter dated July 31, 2019, and seen by The Standard Digital, EACC Western Regional Manager Ignatius Wekesa asked the assembly to facilitate all the 41 MCAs to their offices in Kisumu to record statements.

In the letter, the late Andiego is to appear on the same day with MCAs Leonard Oriaro (Central Alego),  Francis Otiato (Yimbo East) and Obiero Otare (Siaya township).

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Four MCAs will appear before the commission every day as from Monday, August 12 to August 27, 2019.

The MCAs have been asked to carry the original travel documents that they used for the trip.

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Two months ago three petitioners wrote to the EACC requesting them to investigate suspicious activities within the assembly.

The petitioners in their letter had highlighted eight matters that had been brought to their attention by whistleblowers among them the Ugandan trip which they claimed none of the MCAs had gone to.

The petitioners are part of a group known as the Siaya County Accountability Network (SCAN) and were represented in the letter by three people namely; John Ouma, James Wanga and Irene Atieno.

The petitioners also want EACC to investigate the alleged recruitment of over 50 interns who have training in fields that have nothing to do with the administrative and legislative roles of the assembly with some not having any training at all yet were put on the payroll.

However, in a rejoinder from the commission’s CEO, they said the list they used to summon the deceased legislator was given to them by the county administration.

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He added that it did not indicate that the legislator was dead.

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