EACC Deputy CEO Michael Mubea is on the spot after it emerged he is under intense pressure from State House mandarins to charge a number of rebel politicians with trumped up charges.
Sources reveal Mubea has lined upto five governors mostly from Opposition ODM and a few from Jubilee to face charges over corruption and abuse of office.
Mubea, seen as the most powerful EACC official, is said to have instigated the removal of immediate two former chairpersons of the commission to protect the interests of the cartels he covers up for.
Mubea has been accused of being among a group of EACC officials who use their offices to intimidate politicians in a bid to please the President Uhuru.
At the height of Eurobond disclosures by CORD Leader Raila Odinga, Mubea is the official who sent officers to Mr. Odinga’s offices with threatening demand letters. The EACC later gave the Eurobond saga a clean bill of health and recommended the file to be closed. Months later Auditor General Edward Ouko is now poking holes on the Eurobond transactions with the latest report stating sh215 billion cannot be accounted for.
Mubea works in cahoots with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and a number of magistrates. In the Kinisu saga, Mubea was accused of pocketing sh50 million believed to be part of the sh791 million NYS funds that were looted under former CS Anne Waiguru.
Mubea has ensured Waiguru does not face prosecutions. To date, she has not been charged in any court because the EACC has refused to forward her file to DPP while over 30 officials and persons have been charged.
Recently, one of the suspects written to the Commission to demand that the former CS stop her campaigns until the NYS scandal in which she was the prime mover is over. But considering the EACC is yet to finger Waiguru, this is a wild goose chase.
In the latest edition of Nairobi Law Monthly, the magazine reveals how Mubea colluded with former Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud to extort a whooping sh5.4 billion from one of the prime suspects of the Anglo-leasing scam.
The scandal is believed to be the reason former EACC Chair Mumo Matemu and his commission was hurriedly disbanded as Mubea moved with speed to cover his trail. Matemu had dismissed Mubea and stopped the commission from engaging Deepak Kamani in a bid to save him from prosecution.
Despite pulling all these scams, Mubea is protected by the powers that be high up in the Jubilee regime and is seen as the main mover of events at EACC. The EACC secretariat has become more powerful than the commission itself. That’s how he has managed to survive purges at the commission.
The new charges, however, are being pushed by a section of Jubilee politicians who want to cut their competitors down to size as well as mandarins at Office of the President who want to slow down the new ODM wave.
One politician whose name has come up is Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho; the ODM Deputy Party Leader who has taken over the 2017 campaigns for ODM candidate, party leader Raila Odinga.
Of the Jubilee politicians, the one whose prosecution has raised eyebrows, because of the sheer number of times he has been summoned by the commission is Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria. Interestingly, even as EACC accuse Wa Iria of malfeasance, the Murang’a County MCAs who even impeached him are now “regretting” their actions.
Other governors in the radar are Isaac Rutto, Ukur Yattani, Hussein Dado, Evans Kidero, Ahmed Abdullahi, Wycliffe Oparanya and Amason Kingi.
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