DPP allows EACC to charge Senator Mandago over Finland scholarship fraud

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On Fri, 8 Dec, 2023 20:33 | 2 mins read
DPP allows EACC to charge Senator Mandago over Finland scholarship fraud
Uasin Gishu senator Jackson Mandago at a past event. PHOTO/(@Trendyvibes)

Uasin Gishu senator Jackson Mandago, a former Cabinet Secretary (CS), and a former Principal Secretary (PS) are among the top government officials that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) intends to charge in the court of law.

The commission's Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said soon heads will be rolling as they escalate the fight against corruption in the country.

Speaking during a public lecture forum in Murang'a county, Mbarak said the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has already given a go-ahead for the suspects to be charged after they were found to have been involved in corruption.

"We found something against Mandago on the Finland scandal and presented the evidence to the DPP who has given us a green light to charge him in court," the CEO said.

Mandago is said to have established the Uasin Gishu Education Trust Fund with the intent to sponsor students in universities and about 200 students contributed approximately Ksh1 billion. However, the program did not take off and the money could not be accounted for.

Without mentioning names, Mbarak also confirmed that the commission had concluded investigations on the bungled sale of Telkom company and found that a former CS, a former PS and top company officials are answerable.

"These are among the big cases we are handling and we are going to pursue them to the end," he said.

The CEO also revealed that a county employee is on their radar for allegedly pocketing Ksh18 million in the form of imprest.

Further, he said the commission has summoned one Janniefer Gitiri who is said to be holding eight public jobs for interrogations.

He said the matter came to their attention after it was featured in the media and that they wanted to know how the lady secured all those appointments.

"We don't want to go by what has been published by the media that is why we have summoned her for interrogations and the information we get will inform our next course of action," he added.

On his part, David Oginde, the commission's chair said corruption was deeply rooted in the counties adding that there was a need to tame the vice.

Oginde also refuted claims that the commission was targeting the governors arguing that being the county bosses are answerable to all questions being raised.

"There is a lot of corruption in the counties and it's expected that when we do our investigation, the governors are the ones to be held accountable," he remarked.

"We don't target any individual but we follow corruption wherever it is. We are an independent institution and carry out our mandate as outlined in the constitution" he added.

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