NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) says it began investigating the procurement process for the electronic system deployed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) way before the March 4 polls.
EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo said the anti corruption watchdog started the investigations when it emerged that the IEBC procurement process may have been flawed.
He explained that the probe started when squabbles emerged at the IEBC tendering committee over the ICT systems including the electronic transmission of results, performance of the Electronic Voter Identification Device, infrastructure capacity, results visualisation and skill capability.
Waqo said the probe had been ongoing and the EACC would release its findings once the process was concluded.
“The investigations were precipitated by intelligence information received by the commission to the effect that procurements undertaken by IEBC were not transparent,” he explained.
He at the same time invited submissions from any Kenyans who might have information that would be useful to the investigations.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had on Wednesday written to the EACC asking it to commence investigations into the procurement process.
Tobiko told the EACC that he had appointed a team of Prosecution Counsel to assist them in the investigations.
“You may therefore instruct the head of your investigating team to liaise with our Mr Kioko Kamula for coordination purposes,” wrote Tobiko in the letter.
The Supreme Court judgment had also recommended further investigations and possible prosecution of the IEBC tender committee members noting that they might have participated in the procurement of faulty technologies used in the General Election.
The IEBC however maintains that it will cooperate with any external investigators because it has nothing to hide.
IEBC Communications Manager Tabitha Mutemi revealed that the Public Procurement Oversight Authority had already started the investigations and had been doing so for the last two weeks.
“IEBC welcomes a thorough external investigation and will co-operate with any agency that will be involved in the investigations of the matter,” she said on Wednesday.