NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – The Ethnics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has been stopped from preferring criminal charges against 11 members of a tender committee in the Turkana County Government.
High Court judge Justice Steven Riech put on hold the intended arrest of the committee members to allow the hearing and determination of an application challenging the indictment.
The judge said that from the submission of lawyer Philip Nyachoti appearing for the tender committee members, it was clear that the judicial review application must be heard first.
Nyachoti had told the court that EACC officers threatened and demanded tender documents concerning various documents relating to construction work that has been undertaken by the County Government.
He told the court that the documents being demanded from the committee members were confiscated by the EACC officers last year and there is nothing they can produce.
“The alleged documents being demanded by EACC are not with applicants who have been harassed and threatened with criminal charges,” he said.
The judge directed that the intended prosecution be stopped forthwith and allowed the applicants to file an application seeking to quash, prohibit and compel the EACC to desist from demanding information for prosecution.
The court directed the matter be mentioned on July 12 for further directions.