Only 26 graft cases have made it to the courts

By: NATION TEAM

The anti-corruption commission investigated a total of 315 corruption cases in the last financial year but only 26 ended up in court, according to a report presented to the National Assembly.

Another 76 cases are still under investigation and 44 files are under evidence analysis, says the report prepared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. Another eight cases are awaiting a decision by the Director of Public Prosecution on whether he will charge the suspects in court.

Between June 2014 and June 2015, a total of 129 individuals were charged with corruption offences.

Among those whose cases are ongoing are two Cabinet Secretaries — Mrs Charity Ngilu (Lands, Settlement and Urban Planning) and Mr Michael Kamau (Transport and Infrastructure).

The commission has also cleared the way for two Governors — Mr Mwangi wa Iria of Murang’a and Mr Nathif Jama of Garissa — to be charged with corruption.

ON THE LIST

Also on the list of those to be charged are five MPs and one Senator.

These are Mr Sunjeev Birdi (Nominated, URP) and Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills, URP) who have been charged with intimidation of officers at the Gilgil weighbridge, Mr Peter Shehe (Ganze, FPK), Mr Julius Ndegwa (Lamu West, KNC) and Mr Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South, ODM) who are likely to be charged in connection with misuse of CDF. Also on the list is Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko.

These are the top 10 high profile files that the commission investigated and recommended for prosecution.

However, Mr Kamau, Mr wa Iria, Mr Keter and Ms Birdi and two other suspects have gone to court to challenge their prosecution.

Mr Kamau has argued that the commission was improperly constituted after its chairman and commissioners were thrown out. According to him, the commission lacked the powers to prosecute him. His case will be heard on October 16.

The other two who have challenged their prosecution are Mr Ibrahim Wako, the Isiolo County Secretary and head of its Service Board, and Mr Jimmy Mutuku Kiamba, a former Nairobi County official whose bank accounts were frozen with over Sh900 million. Mr Kiamba was relieved of his duties earlier this month.

LIST OF SHAME

The anti-graft commission has been under the spotlight since March 26 when President Uhuru Kenyatta made public a list of 176 cases involving government officers, including five Cabinet Secretaries. The President gave the commission 60 days to complete investigations.