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EACC clears Hassan, wants Oswago charged over Chickengate

Oswago was among officials under investigation but denied playing any role in the scandal when he was summoned for questioning at the EACC/FILE

Oswago was among officials under investigation but denied playing any role in the scandal when he was summoned for questioning at the EACC/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 19 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has cleared Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Chairman Issack Hassan over the Chickengate scandal, but recommended charges against former Chief Executive Officer James Oswago.

The commission wants Oswago charged alongside businessman Trevy Oyombra and two other people – Hamida Kibwana and Kenneth Karani -accused of playing unspecified roles in the multi-million shilling scandal.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko said he is reviewing the recommendations after receiving the file on Tuesday.

“The file shall be independently reviewed by my office and a decision thereon made based on the facts, evidence and the law,” the DPP said.

Tobiko said EACC has “found no evidence of criminal culpability on the part of any other official of the then Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).”

Oswago was among officials under investigation but denied playing any role in the scandal when he was summoned for questioning at the EACC.

Local businessman Oyombra is said to have been the link between State officials in various government agencies and foreign firms, including British security firm Smith and Ouzman whose top officials were jailed in the UK.

They were found guilty of giving out bribes worth £400,000 to officials in Kenya and Mauritania for deals to make ballot papers.

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