EACC AND ODPP CONFIRM THAT KEMSA SAGA HAD NOT STALLED

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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have assured Kenyans that the pursuit of the suspects involved in the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) corruption saga is still on.

In a statement, Deputy DPP Emily Kamau said the case has not stalled as the ODPP is collaborating with the anti graft agency EACC to conclude the matter.

Responding to media reports alleging that the DPP is yet to return the KEMSA case file to EACC a year later Ms. Kamau clarified that the anti-corruption Commission had forwarded the file to the DPP recommending charges against six KEMSA officials. She further added that a lot of work has been going on in the probe with officers drawn from the EACC and DPP working together.

The EACC also clarified that indeed the investigation files were forwarded to the ODPP, who then returned them to EACC to address points raised by the DPP. The anti graft agency confirmed that a team comprising officers from both agencies is currently working on the matter.

While returning the file in October last year, DPP Noordin Haji cited gaps in the investigations as one the reasons why he could not prefer charges against the six.

The clarifications by the two anti-corruption institutions will go a long way to calm public concerns by assuring them the KEMSA culprits will not get away with their crimes. EACC and ODPP are among the anti corruption Multi Agency Teams that work collaboratively to rid the country of graft.

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