Cash Found EACC Raid on Officials’ Homes
Bundles of cash have been recovered from government officials’ homes in EACC raids as Kenya steps up its fight against corruption.
The homes of 12 top officials have been raided in an early morning operation, where ant-corruption detectives searched properties for up to seven hours. Among the homes raided was former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru’s, who recently resigned due to her implication in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Waiguru not present during the raids
Ms Waiguru’s lawyer met journalists outside the former minister’s home, confirming she was not in the property while the search was being carried out. Detectives were believed to not only have been searching for documents related to the NYS scandal, but also evidence from her jobs previous to joining the cabinet in 2013.
Her lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, had previously stated that Waiguru could only be considered a witness in the NYS case, however detectives familiar with the investigation have said she has not been cleared of fraud allegations in the Sh790 million (£5.13m) scandal.
EACC establishes a ‘multi-agency’ plan
The EACC confirmed after the raids that it has established a multi-agency plan to speed up the investigation and prosecution of guilty parties. The National Intelligence Service, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are among the bodies working alongside the EACC.
“This effort is set to be cascaded to the county and regional level,” EACC boss, Halakhe Waqo, told the press.
The public display of investigation into corruption allegations will be a welcome sight to the Kenyan public, which has had to watch the scandals pile up in recent years. Pressure is mounting on President Kenyatta to take strong action against people in his own government found to have been acting fraudulently.
The leader has been accused of taking a soft stance and allowing the country’s economy to sink into crisis, while officials line their pockets.
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