EACC choking with 13,000 cases backlog

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has a staggering 13,000 cases that it is yet to begin investigating. The revelation was made yesterday by the commission’s chairman Philip Kinisu who attributed the backlog cases to unnecessary long procedures and multiple centres of power within the commission while carrying out investigations.

Kinisu also said the backlog is due to lack of focus on cases as many investigations are carried out without a clear objective. “Some investigations are just carried out for the sake of it,” Kinisu told MPs yesterday.

The chairman who is only eight months in office said the backlog of cases has largely contributed to the negative perception that the commission has had in the past. “We need to change how we do things, the old order of doing things must change if we are to make progress on matters of corruption,” he said when he appeared before the Parliamentary committee on Justice and Legal Affairs. He blamed the backlog of cases for causing ‘unnecessary anxiety’ among those mentioned and they cannot get cleared whenever they are seeking employment or other services in the country. “The backlog of cases is causing anxiety among those mentioned, we need as a commission to remove the unnecessary bottlenecks hindering speedy investigations and conclusion of cases,” he said.

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