WAJIR—The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has launched investigations into the conduct of 38 officials in Wajir County government over cases related to graft.
A leaked document shows the the names and designations of the officials on probe. Kulan Post could not independently verify the authenticity of the list. Among the names allegedly under investigations include Chief Officers, departmental directors and officers who have the rights to approve payment on IFMIS.
“We are not aware of detectives (from EACC) who are conducting investigations in Wajir County,” an official at the Northeastern Regional office based in Garissa told Kulan Post in confidence. He added that “Sometimes, detectives from the headquarters arrive without our knowledge.”
In 2019, EACC transferred almost all its officials based in the region due “acquaintance with Governors and officials from the finance department. Integrity House, the headquarters of the graft agency, while making the unprecedented transfers said the detectives use their training and know-how to help corrupt finance department officials to conceal their tracks.
The rogue EACC officials usually stage a “dramatic foray into finance department, detaining officials and close down offices.” The act puts the County government officials on the edge. From there, the rogue detectives and the county government official strike a deal that leaves the suspected officials scot-free.