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My hands are tied by fat cats, Wabukala says on anti-corruption war

"The people who are mentioned in these cases have a lot of money. They have made prosecution so expensive...before you launch investigations, they buy the best lawyers in the country," he said, in comments that were not well received by other leaders present at the event.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 17 May 2017 16:19 EAT

EACC chairmam Eliud Wabukala.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Eliud Wabukala shocked the country today by claiming that his hands were "tied" in the war against corruption. The chairman claimed that top political and government leaders were frustrating the war against corruption "by hiring the best lawyers" whenever they face prosecution.

While the chairman has not charged any top politician since taking office in January, he told a workshop in Nairobi where the EACC signed a pact with religious leaders to campaign against corruption that the hiring of sharp lawyers by individuals named in corruption was somehow a mistake. 

"The people who are mentioned in these cases have a lot of money. They have made prosecution so expensive...before you launch investigations, they buy the best lawyers in the country," he said, in comments that were not well received by other leaders present at the event.

He also claimed that EACC has insufficient staff. "Kenya has a population of 45 million people and an EACC commission that has about 600 officers who receive over 700 cases a week. We cannot mange to prosecute as effectively as expected," he said.

However, in a bid to show how much work EACC had done, the chairman cited the high number of low level cases including of traffic policemen that the commission was currently handling.

"As we speak there are 432 cases pending in court and 1,340 officers have been charged with offenses related to corruption," he said.

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