EACC probes police officers over claims of attempts to illegally benefit from IDP cash

By: ERIC MATARA

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) is investigating complaints that senior police officers in Nakuru are among the beneficiaries of money intended for internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The pay-out for the IDPs was launched a month ago.

EACC Deputy Director South Rift region Mr Gilbert Lukhoba told the Nation Monday that his team of investigators was probing the compensation scheme, in which each family was to get Sh200,000.

“We received the complaints and are still looking into them.

“The matter is still in the preliminary stages of investigations to establish whether the officers were genuine beneficiaries or the names were inserted in the compensation list fraudulently,” said Mr Lukhoba.

ACTING ON COMPLAINTS

Mr Lukhoba revealed that his team is acting on complaints by the public that names of about seven senior police officers based in Njoro Sub-County have been forwarded to the Devolution Ministry to effect payments.

“It is shocking that names of officers are on the compensation list.

“Once we establish the claims we will forward the names of the officers to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for prosecution, “said Mr Lukhoba.

A senior administrator from the area who spoke to the Nation said none of the officers in the list came from areas which were affected during Mau Forest eviction that took place in Sigotik, Kapkembu and Teret three years ago.

The evictees intended to benefit from the compensation programme launched by Deputy President William Ruto a month ago, were removed from the Mau Forest area seven years ago.

Meanwhile, the EACC boss has warned Kenyans to be wary of unscrupulous individuals soliciting money from unsuspecting people pretending to be in a position to enable them benefit from the IDP cash.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION