Lawyer who sank EACC duo drowns

By: CALVIN ONSARIGO

A Nairobi lawyer whose petition led to the removal of anti-corruption bosses has been found dead in a Mombasa swimming pool. Geofrey Oriaro died after he had gone swimming yesterday at Charlet Apartments in Bamburi, Kisauni deputy police boss Walter Abondo told the Star on the phone. “We are yet to establish the circumstances that led to the drowning,” he said.

The lawyer had petitioned Parliament on March 12 to remove the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission’s top leaders. He wanted chairman Matemu Mumo and vice chairperson Irene Keino removed over “gross violation of the constitution and abuse of office”.

Their removal was criticised for crippling the anti-corruption campaign. Oriaro had attended the August 12-16 Law Society of Kenya annual conference in Leisure Lodge Hotel, Diani. He had checked in with his family to the Bamburi apartments.

A caretaker discovered the lawyer’s body floating in the pool at 6.30am. Yesterday, the special crime prevention unit visited the scene and questioned several hotel attendants. Oriaro had argued that Matemu and Keino were incapable of leading the war on corruption.

Parliament approved the petition on April 20. The two commissioners resigned after President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed a tribunal to investigate them.