, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Issack Hassan has welcomed investigations into bribery allegations levelled against him and others who held high ranking positions in IEBC’s predecessor, the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).
He has called for, “expeditious and thorough,” investigations adding that anyone found culpable, “must be made to account for their actions according to the law.”
He has however previously denied receiving any bribes to award printing tenders to a UK based firm when he was chairman of the IIEC, labelling such insinuations as, “libellous.”
Hassan’s statement welcoming investigations comes as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) affirmed that it was following up the matter even as the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) demanded that he step aside to avoid interference with the investigations.
But no reference was made to the demand for Hassan’s resignation in the statement – posted on the IEBC Facebook page on Thursday – welcoming investigations into the bribery allegations.
The EACC itself has come under criticism from CORD which has demanded that it, “show cause,” why it shouldn’t be disbanded given it was a, “great shame,” no one has been brought to book four years after the alleged fact and that investigations only gained traction when the suspected fraud was brought to light in a UK court.
EACC Spokesman Yassin Amaro has however denied this, saying the commission has been assisting the UK’s Serious Fraud Office with its investigations.
“Contrary to what is being bandied about in some political circles, we have been working with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office for the last four years, sharing information. We are just waiting on bank records to ascertain who the Kenyan players are,” he told Capital FM News.
The UK’s Serious Fraud Office is currently prosecuting officials of UK printing firm Smith & Ouzman on suspicion of offering inducements to senior IIEC officials in order to be awarded tenders to print election material ahead of the 2010 referendum on the adoption of the current Constitution and for four parliamentary by-elections.
The IEBC itself was investigated for fraud following the 2013 General Election with several, now former, high ranking officials being charged for what the EACC found to be irregular procurement.