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EACC probes into poll kits procurement

PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI Mr Halakhe Waqo is sworn in as the chief executive of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court on January 21, 2013.
PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI Mr Halakhe Waqo is sworn in as the chief executive of the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court on January 21, 2013.  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has begun investigation into procurement of election equipment in line with a Supreme Court recommendation.

EACC in a press statement said the preliminary investigation began after it received an intelligence report that the procurement process was not transparent and may have been flawed.

The director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko had instructed EACC to start the probe after the Supreme Court order, but the statement by EACC signed by its chief executive officer Halakhe Waqo didn’t make reference to the two institutions.

“Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission wishes to assure members of the public that the investigations are ongoing and its findings will be communicated once completed,” said Mr Waqo.

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The commission further asked any one with information that can assist in the investigations to contact it.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court called for investigation and possible prosecution of electoral commission officials who may have been involved in impropriety during the procurement of electronic equipment.

A day later, Mr Tobiko sent a letter to EACC instructing it to start investigations, stating the directive arose from Justice Willy Mutunga court’s suggestion.

Evidence supplied by the electoral commission showed that the failure of the Electronic Voter Identification and the Results Transmission Systems mainly arose from misunderstandings and squabbles within the commission during the procurement.

An internal memo by the commission’s head of IT warned of the risks posed by the kits.

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