• The chairperson urged political parties to allow EACC to do their job, and the suspect to answer for the allegations before them.
• He added that another obstacle in the battle against graft is lack of understanding of the impact of corruption by citizens.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Bishop David Oginde has revealed that the Commission is facing hurdles in executing its mandates.
The EACC chair spoke on Tuesday during the launch of the Commission's five-year Strategic Plan for 2023-28, which will guide it in the execution of its mandate.
"It is unfortunate but there are some obstacles that stand against us in our fight against corruption. One is the politicisation of the war against corruption, " he said.
Oginde said they were having challenges from political parties accusing them of targeting them, especially when one of their party member was implicated in alleged graft.
"When a politician is being questioned, leave alone being arrested, just being questioned about possibilities of engaging in corruption, that political party rises and says 'we're being targeted'," he said.
The chairperson urged political parties to allow EACC to do their job, and the suspect to answer for the allegations before them.
"Let us not politicise the war against corruption. We will not succeed. Zero tolerance means that we will not entertain corrupt people in our tribes, parties and any sector of our society," Oginde said.
He also listed the slow investment of processes that involve a lot of challenges in financial and human resource capacity.
Oginde added that another obstacle in the battle against graft is a lack of understanding of the impact of corruption by citizens.
He urged the media to help create awareness of the same.
"It needs to be brought to light, especially by our media. Just educate people on the connection between corruption and the challenges we face as a country," he said.
The EACC chair the money lost through corruption can be used to solve the issue of unemployment in the country by providing a steady flow of salaries.
He called for collaboration from stakeholders including the criminal justice society and state offices to help EACC beat the obstacles and eradicate corruption.
"Let us all work together so that we can fight this vice and make Kenya the darling and the example as a nation that is corruption-free and we have everything going for us," Oginde said.