EACC TRYING TO PLAY POLITICS ON MULTI-BILLION SHILLINGS EUROBOND SAGA.
By Philip Etale
The statement by the EACC to the media today regarding the Eurobond saga was a confirmation that they had received a letter written to them by Mr. Raila Odingaâ€™s lawyer Mr. Paul Mwangi reaffirming his earlier position that he was not going to appear before the Commission in any way.
The EACC had written to Mr. Odinga, summoning him to appear before them to give details of what he knows about the said missing Ksh. 140 billion shillings from the proceeds of Eurobond.
Mr. Odinga stated that he would not appear before them because the answers to the questions he raised were with the government and that he was not the right person to furnish them with the information they were demanding.
â€œMy position remains the sameâ€ says Mr. Odinga. â€œI told them to get the information from the right source which is the government, not meâ€.
Immediately after the media received the statement from the EACC, they began to spin it to look like Mr. Odinga had been cornered to give information to them. Some media outlets have bold headlines on line â€œRAILA SURVIVES ARREST AFTER COMPLYING WITH EACCâ€.
This is not true. According to Mr. Odinga, the EACC has just complied with his stand on the matter. â€œIt is them who have retracted their earlier threats on me; I have not changed my position at allâ€ he says. â€œThey demanded I appear before them, I said I will not, I told them to get the information from government, they have compliedâ€.
â€œThey insisted that I go, I didnâ€™t. Nothing has changedâ€ says Mr. Odinga.
So, the media should get the facts right. The EACC has failed to serve Kenyans; they have failed to end corruption in government and instead want to harass people trying to save Kenyans from further looting by powerful men and women in government.
Now, the onus is on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to get to the root of the matter and compel the government to respond to the questions raised by Mr. Odinga on the missing money and stop playing cheap public relations gimmicks.
Philip Etale, is the Director of Communications â€“ ODM