Energy CS to explain if he ate ‘chicken’

February 20, 2015 7:50 am
Chirchir previously served at the electoral body/FILE
Chirchir previously served at the electoral body/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir on Friday morning appeared before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to be questioned over the ‘chicken’ scandal.

Also at the EACC to face investigators was former Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chief executive officer Paul Wasanga.

The unfolding multi-million shilling election materials and exam papers tender scandal has already seen two people jailed in the UK.

The Southwark Crown Court jailed two officials of Smith & Ouzman printing firm found guilty of bribing officials of the then Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).

Nicholas Smith and his father Christopher will serve about three years in jail for their involvement in the corruption scandal involving top managers of the then IIEC.

Chirchir previously served at the electoral body, the predecessor to the current Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan was on Thursday questioned by detectives from the commission where he insisted on his innocence.

At the end of the grilling session at Integrity Centre, Hassan told reporters that he was confident of being vindicated.

“I am impressed by the professionalism that I have seen with (EACC) officers unlike what I have seen in the media…the trial by the media should stop,” he stated.

“The officers are doing their investigations and I hope they will come to a very professional judgment and give the country a good report on the investigations.”

READ: No chickens coming home to roost – IEBC chief

Hassan had been summoned to shed light on the scam in which officials of the defunct Interim Independent Electoral Commission are accused of having received bribes (code-named chicken) during the procurement of electoral materials.

“It is not correct to say because somebody was jailed in UK, the same should apply in Kenya here,” he stated.


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