NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 11 – CORD leader Raila Odinga has said that he will not appear before Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission because he does not have faith in the commission.
According to the former Prime Minister, the EACC is not credible based on the fact that it is an institution that has no commissioners.
“I do have respect for the Constitution and I do respect the authority. But EACC as it is currently constituted it is unconstitutional as being a commission, it does not have commissioners as we speak,” Odinga said while addressing the media at Serena Hotel, Nairobi.
Odinga however said that he had cooperated with the authority by sending documents through his lawyers detailing what he knew regarding the Eurobond money.
“We have no information other than government documents and supporting data and reports available on the Treasury and Central Bank websites. We have relied entirely on government information published in two financial reports for the financial year 2014/2015, namely the Quarterly Economic and Budget Review for the fourth quarter of 2014/15, dated August 2015, and the Budget Review and Outlook Paper dated September 2015.”
Odinga called out to President Uhuru Kenyatta to take charge of the matter saying failure to account for such a colossal amount of money is as grave a national matter as can be.
“We have demanded that the government to publish and publicize the relevant information as required by the Constitution,” he said.
He also said that he saw no reason for dragging the issues they had raised into investigations of a criminal nature. He said that doing so would divert attention from the demand for public disclosure in the first instance, and to bury the matter in court proceedings for as long as possible thereafter as happened with Goldenberg and Anglo-leasing frauds.
“The answers to the questions we are asking are in the National Treasury and the Central Bank of Kenya and that is where the EACC should be looking. We have sent this document and the questions to the EACC through our lawyers,” he said.
The events come after police summoned Odinga to face EACC detectives or face arrest and explain his claims that Sh140billion from the Eurobond money had been lost.