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IGG denies selective prosecution claims

By Vision Reporter

Added 15th March 2011 03:00 AM

THE acting Inspector General of Government (IGG), Raphael Baku, has denied claims of selective prosecution.

THE acting Inspector General of Government (IGG), Raphael Baku, has denied claims of selective prosecution.

By EDWARD ANYOLI

THE acting Inspector General of Government (IGG), Raphael Baku, has denied claims of selective prosecution.

Addressing journalists in his office last week, Baku said his office was investigating several other cases, adding that before the cases proceed to court, there must be credible evidence to secure conviction.

He said the decision to prosecute the former NSSF boss David Chandi Jamwa was because he single handedly decided to sell the company’s (NSSF) bonds before maturity which led to over sh3b loss. He said Jamwa was not selectively prosecuted.

Baku said the IGG is guided by three principles; to prosecute on public interest, in the interest of administration of justice and the need to avoid abuse of court process.

He said suspects like former NSSF board chairman Geoffrey Onegi-Obel, whose case is still pending in the Constitutional Court, would be prosecuted once the court pronounces itself on the matter. Onegi-Obel is facing charges of abuse of office.

While sentencing Jamwa last week, Anti-Corruption Court judge, John Bosco Katutsi, blamed the IGG for selective prosecution. He said Jamwa should not have been prosecuted alone.

Jamwa was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for causing financial loss and barred from holding public office for the next 10 years.

Baku said his office was not satisfied with Jamwa’s acquittal of the abuse of office charge, saying there was enough evidence to convict Jamwa.

IGG denies selective prosecution claims

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