Raila Odinga declines to appear before EACC over Eurobond


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RAILA-CLOSE-UPCoalition for Reforms and Democracy leader Raila Odinga has declined to appear before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to shed more light on the Eurobond issue.

Raila through his lawyer Paul Mwangi yesterday responded to the anti-graft body that they should first exhaust all investigations and find evidence before he can add any information.

“We are instructed by Raila Odinga to inform you that the proposed meeting for Thursday (today) is presently superfluous and the invitation is hereby declined,” read part of the letter.

Raila reminded the commission that apart from investigations of allegations of misappropriation of public funds, it has the mandate and powers to investigate breaches of Codes of Conduct.

The commission, he said, has the mandate to recommend appropriate action to be taken against officers alleged to have engaged in unethical conduct and request and obtain professional assistance or advice from such persons or organisations as it considers appropriate.

Raila said EACC has far superior legal and personnel capacities than the Opposition to pursue and obtain primary evidence in the Eurobond saga.

“It is curious why, before exhausting these capacities, the commission has found it necessary to seek our client’s help in their investigation,” Mwangi said.



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