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EACC to investigate how Kenya’s debt rose to Ksh11.1 trillion

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) commits to investigate how Kenya’s debt rose to Ksh11.1 trillion.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has promised to look into how the country’s debt has risen to Ksh11.1 trillion.

The commission claimed that some of the projects that benefited from the funding were on its radar, given that the current administration has amassed a debt of nearly Sh2.4 trillion since assuming office.

This occurred in response to requests by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) for an investigation into the use of the funds.

This was revealed during a meeting between EACC senior officers and members of the parliamentary committee at Sawela Lodge in Naivasha.

EACC chairman Bishop David Oginde stated that the commission was investigating both past and present projects in the nation to see how the monies were spent.

Speaking to the media outside of the sessions, Oginde stated that the commission would not work alone to combat corruption in the country.

He refuted the claim that the Naivasha retreat was a follow-up to the State House meeting between the President and the Judiciary to discuss allegations of graft.

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JLAC Chair George Murugara stated that the committee fully supports investigations into how the State’s borrowed funds were used.

He stated that the committee could continue to support EACC in dealing with graft through appropriate legislative and budgetary allocations.

The Tharaka MP at the time rejected calls for EACC prosecutorial powers, pointing out that the commission could not investigate and prosecute its own cases.

This was echoed by EACC CEO Twalik Mbarak, who noted that calls for prosecutorial powers had pros and cons, adding that they would be abused for political purposes.

He was quick to point out that they were working closely with the ODPP, noting that low budgetary allocation, a lack of staff in the judiciary, and poor leadership were all affecting their work.

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