Final list of ChickenGate scam suspects set for prosecution

IEBC Chairman Issack Hassan has been acquitted of involvement in the 46 million shillings Chicken-Gate scandal.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) cleared him of any wrong doing and fowarded four names of suspects found to have a case to answer in-relation with the scam, to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for further legal action.

DPP Keriako Tobiko has confirmed that he has received a file from EACC, recommending that former Interim Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IIEC) Chief Executive Officer James Humphrey Obanda Oswago faces criminal charges.

Trevy James Oyombra, Kenya’s agent to the Smith & Ouzman Company has as well been recommended to face criminal charges, for he was allegedly the link between the printing firm and beneficiaries of the bribe.

Smith & Ouzman is a UK firm belonging to Nicholas Smith and Christopher Smith, that corruptly agreed to issue 46 million shillings to the suspects, so as to be issued with a printing tender between May 2009 and 31st August 2011.

Other two suspects who the Anti-graft Agency has recommended to face criminal charges include Hamida Ali Kibwana and Kenneth Karani from the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

Tobiko said his office will keenly look into the file and advice on the next step, basing on facts, evidence and the law.

The EACC has been under pressure to act on the Chicken-Gate scandal from the Opposition government, with the president and his deputy being accused of defending Issack Hassan by slowing down investigations into the scam.

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