The Commissioner of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC), Professor Henry Joko Smart, has disclosed that the case of the former minister of transport and communications and other staff in the ministry is still pending investigations.
Refuting allegations that the case against the minister has been dropped, the Commissioner stated that they had conducted investigations into the matter and that they had not concluded whether an offence was committed under the ACC Act.
In the report sent to the minister of presidential affairs, Prof. Joko Smart said they did found gross negligence on the part of the officers.
“So far we have concluded the investigations but what we have found is gross negligence, we are still doing the investigations….,” he noted.
The report, which was sent to the government, was for administrative actions against the people concerned. “So it was false to say that we have not found any case while investigations are still going on,” he stressed.
Questioned about the case that the Commission has submitted so far to the Attorney General for prosecution the head of investigations, Festus Robin-Taylor, disclosed that in 2005 they submitted three cases to the AG but when the new Commissioner took over they had been able to submit 12 cases.
Questioned about whether there is particular time for the investigations, he said “there is no specific time for concluding as it all depends on the type of case.
For some case, we spend about five to six months on investigations while some will take just one or one months as it all depends on the type of the matter.”