NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – Opposition leader Raila Odinga risks arrest should he fail to honour an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission summons to shed light on allegations he’s made on the Eurobond.
The summons seen by Capital News makes it clear that Odinga has no choice but to appear before the Commission in person.
“Be warned that failure to comply with the above requisition will render you liable to prosecution,” it states.
In a press release, EACC Chief Executive Halakhe Waqo said the decision to appear before the Commission was not discretionary but mandatory.
“Section 46 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012 makes it an offence to obstruct, hinder, assault or threaten an officer of the Commission and if charged under this Act, a person is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or both,” he stated.
On Wednesday, Odinga through his lawyer Paul Mwangi turned down an invitation to the Commission for Thursday morning to shed light on allegations he’s made to the effect that the management of the funds raised through the Eurobond floated in June and December of 2014, was not above board.
“After you have established where primary evidence is unavailable in the matters under investigation, our client will avail to you any secondary information, materials or perspectives that may assist the Commission further to fill in the investigative gaps,” Mwangi’s letter to the EACC reads.
On December 2, the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko tasked the EACC and Directorate of Criminal Investigations with sorting through the truths, half-truths and lies told about the Eurobond.
“In the last couple of months, it has been widely reported in the media about various allegations concerning the above subject matter. I am informed that your respective agencies have commenced and are undertaking investigations into the matter,” he stated.
“This is therefore to direct you to interrogate, record statements and obtain evidence from all parties concerned and forward the completed file to my office within 10 days for perusal and appropriate directions.”
On Wednesday, Members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee coalition sought to turn the tables on Odinga who has over the past few weeks caused a furore over the management of the funds raised through the Eurobond.
The MPs who have time and again denied that there were any underhand dealings in the management of the Eurobond funds, attributed Odinga’s anger to greed.
They said he was simply angered by the Jubilee administration’s failure to finance projects from which he’d planned on earning a, “commission.”