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Saturday, 04 Mar 2017 11:47 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Staff at the Homa Bay County government have urged the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to widen its net in the investigation of corrupt officials at the county. The staff have welcomed Wednesday's arrest of a top official at the Homa Bay County Assembly and ongoing investigation into the clerk of the assembly, and now want the same zeal used in investigating officials from the executive branch.
On Wednesday, EACC investigators led South Nyanza region director Abraham Kemboi arrested the principal accountant at the county assembly Maurice Amek, who is suspected of grand corruption. The officers raided Mr Amek's Sofia Estate home in the town and his rural home in West Karachuonyo.
The officers were looking for documents related to irregular acquisition of land for Sh100 million, falsified allowances, car loans and mortgage scheme. In the raid, the detectives are said to have obtained documents linking Mr Amek and assembly clerk Bob Kephas and their relatives in corruption. Mr Kephas is also under investigation at the moment.
“Some officials have acquired massive wealth beyond what an ordinary official can have in such a short period,” Mr Kemboi told the media. His commitment to rid the county was welcomed by staff who have complained about corruption in Homa Bay for years.
This website was informed that the Commission had received leads about corruption from staff members. "We have supplied the information to EACC and it is up to them to do investigations now. The assembly is rotten, and the finance, roads, health and ICT ministries in the executive branch are rotten too," said a staff member.
The staff members also want to see the implicated officials charged in court. "We have seen the raids before, and in fact they are useless unless the EACC can show that people are being charged with crimes and forced to vacate office. Otherwise it is a PR exercise," said another employee.