DPP RENSON IGONGA is the weak link in the ongoing war on corruption in the country – EACC says and tables evidence


Thursday, February 22, 2024 - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has stated that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is the weak link in the ongoing fight against corruption in the country.

In what can be termed as the beginning of a big war between the EACC and DPP, the Twarib Mbarak-led institution accused DPP, Renson Ingonga of having favoritism in dropping some cases.

Mbarak gave an example of the DPP's bid to terminate the Ksh1.7 billion graft case against the former GDC Managing Director Silas Simiyu six days after he sought to drop charges against former Kenya Pipeline boss Charles Tanui.

In the two cases, DPP Renson Ingonga says that his decision to drop the case against Simuyu and Tanui is premised on grounds of a lack of sufficient evidence to prove the graft cases facing them.

However, the EACC has opposed the DPP's move to withdraw the graft cases against the duo arguing that the same is an abuse of the legal process and not made in the public interest and the interest of the administration of justice.

In the case of Simiyu, though the application for withdrawal was not canvassed after the defence team sought time to file a response, EACC through lawyer Hassan Muhamud filed an affidavit vehemently opposing the DPP decision to terminate the case arguing the move was against the Supreme Court decision that had ordered the case to proceed to its logical conclusion.

"The accused persons herein had unsuccessfully challenged their prosecution all the way to the Supreme Court but on January 27, 2023, the Supreme Court dismissed their final appeal and ordered that the trial pending before this court continue to its conclusion and on a priority basis," Muhamud told the court.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.

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