OSWAGO TRIAL TO START IN FEBURUARY 24 NEXT YEAR

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By SAM ALFAN

The criminal case against suspended IEBC Chief Executive Officer and his three co-accused persons, over Sh 1.3 billion solar lanterns tender will commence on February 24, 2014.

Oswago, suspended Deputy Secretary of support and services Wilson Shollei, Finance and Procurement Edward Karisa of finance and Procurement Manager Willy Kamanga yesterday appeared before the Senior Principal Magistrate Doreen Mulekyo for formal mention.

They are charged with willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement, contrary to Section 45(2) (b) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.

Oswago and his co-accused were suspended On November 1 shortly after they were charged in court for abuse of office and failing to comply with procurement procedures.

After the March poll, the EACC wrote to the IEBC demanding details of the process through which ICT systems were procured.

EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo said at the time that the anti corruption watchdog started the investigations when it emerged that the IEBC procurement process may have been flawed.

He explained that the probe started when squabbles emerged at the IEBC tendering committee over the ICT systems including the electronic transmission of results, performance of the Electronic Voter Identification Device, infrastructure capacity, results visualization and skill capability.

The Ethics and Anti-corruption body on Tuesday this week revealed that there is runway corruption in the county government due the massive resources flow to grassroots.

Speaking during the launch of the Natitional  Survey Report in Nairobi, the Anti-Corruption Chair person Mumo Matemo said intelligent report that county government have not fully established structures and system to address the challenges of accountability and good governance

EACC have lately shown effort to fight corruption by arresting and charging Oswago and former NHIF boss Richard Kerich and their co-accused who were suspended after being charged in court.

Coalition of Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has been pushing for the disbandment of the IEBC for lack of accountability that resulted in loss of tax-payers money.

 

 

 

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