Only 26 graft cases in Kenya have made it to the courts

The Kenya 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 (EACC). 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 County and Mr Nathif Jama of Garissa County — to be charged with corruption.
Also on the list of those to be charged are five MPs and one Senator.
Two of the MPs – Sunjeev Birdi and Alfred Keter – are from the ruling Jubilee coalition. 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 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.
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, suspected of corruption. The President gave the EACC 60 days to complete investigations.
As a result, five Cabinet Secretaries stepped aside. They are Mr Kamau, Mrs Ngilu, Mr Kazungu Kambi (Labour), Mr Davis Chirchir (Energy) and Mr Felix Kosgey (Agriculture). None has been reinstated although formal cases are yet to be lodged.
From its own analysis, the anti-graft commission has completed 24 per cent of the high profile cases in the last financial year, while 45 per cent are still under investigation and 26 per cent are undergoing analysis before deciding whether or not they will be prosecuted.
Among cases handed over to the Director of Public Prosecution is that against former Judiciary Registrar, Mrs Gladys Boss Shollei.
Another involves former Investment Secretary Esther Koimet who is alleged to have used her office to deprive former employees of the Kenya Railways Corporation of houses set aside for them to buy under a tenant-purchase scheme.
And among the cases whose evidence is being analysed are scandals at the Ministry of Lands, Ministry of the Environment and the Mumias Sugar Company.
In the Mumias case, it is alleged that Dr Evans Kidero, now the Nairobi Governor, paid a law firm Sh280 million ($2.7 million) for services not rendered. The money was allegedly paid into a private bank account.
Others involve investigations into the alleged loss of Sh50 million in the office of Deputy President William Ruto, which was irregularly used to buy lifts allegations that Sh100 million was used to hire a private jet that was used by Mr Ruto to visit five African countries and allegation of double payment for the renovation of his office and residence.
It is also alleged that the office misappropriated Sh200 million, half of which was used to mobilise MPs to impeach Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. The impeachment Motion was later shelved.
The EACC report, dated July 23, will be analysed by the legal affairs committee of the National Assembly.