Society / Governance
Thursday, 13 Oct 2016 13:43 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
The Civil Society Reference Group has accused the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission of “covering up corruption” in its investigation of the chief executive officer of the NGO Coordination Board. The civil society leaders said EACC was sitting on a report of its investigation into the alleged forgery of a university degree by the CEO.
Speaking in Nairobi, CSRG convener Suba Churchill said EACC had refused to make public its findings into the allegations that Mr Fazul Mohamed had used forged documents to get his job, claiming that the commission’s failure to release the report was part of a cover-up. EACC took up investigations into the matter and promised to delve into the veracity of the allegations.
"The commission's conduct of failing to make its findings public points at a conspiracy of silence and perhaps conflict of interest on the matter enabling Fazul to continue with his wayward style of management of public affairs with even more impunity," said Mr Suba.
"The CSRG had hoped that in pursuit of public interest, national values and principles of public service, the commission would feel duty bound to not only make its findings public but also advise the relevant offices and oversight mechanisms at the NGO board, the parent Devolution Ministry and the public service commission to take the appropriate action based on the findings," he added.
It is alleged that during his recruitment, Mr Mohamed presented a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree from Egerton University suspected to have been forged. Mr Suba said that the university’s academic registrar SFO Owido had made clear that Mr Mohamed was admitted to Egerton as Mohamed Yusuf to pursue a bachelors degree in Agriculture which he later changed before he was discontinued at the beginning of his third year on academic grounds.
Mr Suba has petitioned the EACC to make public the commission's findings into the matter public in seven days failure to which he will sue the commission. "Kenyans established the EACC as a constitutional commission to ensure that it is independent in discharge of its mandate.
''The commission is mandated to lead the fight against corruption and unethical conduct of the kind Fazul has been accused of. But you have become the key barrier of war on graft and chief guzzlers of public resources with nothing to show," he said.