Gladys Shollei accuses EACC of making ‘populist’ grillings

Shollei denies abuse of office charges, released on bond

Former Judiciary Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei has denied involvement in the 50 million shilling ‘chicken gate’ scam, instead accusing the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) of handling graft cases casually.

Shollei said what EACC has done is painting a picture of a working body whereas the reality is that nothing is being done to address the rising cases of graft in the country.

“EACC has only been parading people in court because the President it a 60-day ultimatum to deal with those mentioned in the list he tabled in Parliament,” said Shollei.

She was speaking after being grilled by EACC officers at Integrity House over alleged bribery of officers of the defunct Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) in which she served as the Deputy CEO.

Shollei was summoned to shed more light on the corruption allegations involving a British printing firm and IIEC.

British firm Smith and Ouzman is said to have paid the officials 50 million shillings to be awarded several printing contracts worth billions of shillings for ballot papers and examinations material.

On Wednesday, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Ahmed Issack Hassan appeared before the EACC officers over the same scam.

Hassan, who headed IIEC at the time of the scandal, blamed the media for allegedly publishing inconclusive information on the tender scam and the UK case.

Early January, Smith and Ouzman, the UK firm directors were found guilty of bribing Kenyan election and examinations council officials to win tenders, and were ordered to pay 200 million shillings by a London court.

The court directed the firm to pay a fine of 146 million and a further 97 million shillings to satisfy a confiscation order or have its assets seized.

The firm was also ordered top pay a further 2.8 million shillings in costs on the case in which officials paid nearly 50 million shillings in bribes to Kenyan officials.

The order followed a four-year investigation by UK’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that revealed Kenyan officials received the bribes code-named ‘chicken’ through their agent Trevy Oyombra.

Top on the list of those who allegedly received bribes from Smith & Ouzman include sacked Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir, who then served as a commissioner at IEBC, ex-CEO James Oswago, ex-deputy CEO and former Judiciary Chief Registrar Gladys Boss Shollei and former KNEC Boss Paul Wasanga.

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