Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko in a courtroom criminal division at Milimani law court during the hearing of an application seeking to block arrest of businessman Depak Kamani.
By Our Reporter
A total of 74 people have been approved for prosecution in the war against graft, office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has confirmed.
The DPP confirmed receiving five files from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission with recommendations to close the file of Felix Koskei Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
“Inquiry into allegations of irregular award of secret allocation of permits to import sugar against the CS, the EACC recommends that the file be closed for lack of evidence,” DPP Keriako Tobiko said.
Despite the EACC recommending that the file of Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Michael Kamau on alleged of irregular contract award to Landmark Clearing and Forwarding Company to be closed for lack of evidence, he was on Thursday charged for abuse of office.
On the part of Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Energy Davis Chirchir, alongside Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko respectively, the EACC recommends the close of investigations on allegations of corruption in a tender award at the Kenya Pipeline Company.
Evidence lacked against Narok Governors Samuel Kuntai Tunai and County Officials Lenku Seki Kanar.
Charles Gitau Ngugi on allegations of human resource management and procurement irregularities in the Narok County Government.
On Makueni County governor’s office spending beyond approved budget by County assembly, the EACC recommends that Alex Kyalo Mutuku and seven other County officials be charged with various criminal offenses.
“The above files shall be independently reviewed and a decision thereon made shortly,” Tobiko said in a statement.
The DPP said: “As an Office we have been and continue to be most transparent.Whenever we have received files from EACC, we have issued a public statement through media releases indicating the particulars of the case, EACC’s recommendations and the date received.”
“Further, upon independent review of the files, we have in the same manner informed the public of our decision, whether or not to prosecute,” He added.
Office of the DPP has so far received 28 files from EACC, and acted on all of them. However, there are only six files where EACC recommended closure and DPP accepted.
As there is only one file where EACC recommended closure and DPP ordered administrative action, similarly there is a single file where EACC recommended closure and DPP ordered further investigations.
More there are 17 files where EACC recommended prosecution and DPP accepted and one file where EACC recommended prosecution and DPP ordered administrative action.
And there are only two files where EACC recommended prosecution and DPP declined.
“I make my decisions based solely on evidence, facts and the law and in accordance with Article 157 of the Constitution and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013. My decisions are made without regard to political, ethnic or other external considerations,” Said the DPP Keriako Tobiko.