"Stop intimidating me!" - Turkana governor hits back at EACC as arrest looms
Turkana Governor Jeremiah Ekamais Lomorukai is facing imminent arrest.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) accuses Governor Lomorukai of forging academic papers that he used to seek IEBC clearance to run for the seat.
The anti-graft body says that after investigations, it established that the degree and diploma certificates - purportedly issued by the Kenya Methodist University - were fake.
In a statement on Friday, September 23, EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak said that the governor was among the 241 candidates flagged by the commission as having outstanding integrity issues in the run up to the August 9 2022 General Election.
Mbarak now faults the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for turning a blind eye and clearing him to run for governorship despite EACC warning.
The Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has apparently given the nod to EACC to arrest and prosecute the ODM Party governor on three criminal offences.
The charges include forgery, giving false information to EACC and uttering false documents contrary to Section 353 of the Penal Code.
Stop intimidating leaders
The county boss has, however, lashed out at the EACC, saying that the commission should stop intimidating elected leaders by slapping them with corruption charges.
Speaking during a meeting in Lokiriama, Lomorukai told EACC to let newly-elected governors work for the people who voted for them.
A section of Turkana residents have also protested against the imminent arrest of their governor, citing political witch-hunt.
Daniel Losoru, one of the residents, says EACC should have arrested and arraigned Governor Lomorukai before elections, if at all he had broken the law.
“EACC should have arrested Governor Lomorukai and sought his prosecution through the office of the DPP before elections if he had indeed forged academic documents as alleged,” he says.
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