The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has refuted as mere perception allegations that the agency is being used to settle political scores.
This after Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu accused EACC of falling prey to malicious schemes by her detractors whom she claimed were bent on derailing her development agenda for the county.
But EACC’s Preventive Services Director Vincent Okongo defended the anti-graft agency saying it was executing its duties as mandated and stipulated by the law and had no room for politics.
“Claims that wrangling leaders have been using EACC to settle political scores are baseless. We don’t exist to serve anybody’s political interests but to safeguard the interest of this country,” Mr Okongo said.
They spoke in Kitui Town during presentation of EACC’s report on corruption risk assessment into the systems, policies, procedures and practices of work in the County Executive and Assembly.
“We receive corruption related reports from anybody who comes to us and subject such to thorough scrutiny to ascertain validity of such information before any action is taken against the alleged culprits,” the Director explained.
Okongo added that the agency even advises Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to terminate cases found to be constituted on falsehoods meant to victimize or taint images of persons in office.
He said there is also a False Claims Bill which is being formulated to necessitate prosecution of individuals who give false information to EACC.