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EACC denies sending detectives to lawyer John Khaminwa’s office

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has dismissed as false reports that it sent its officers to the office of lawyer John Khaminwa, in an attempt to intimidate him over his submissions during the BBI appeal case.

In statement on Sunday morning, July 4, the anti-graft agency says the reports are fake and malicious, insisting that it did not conduct any operation on Saturday, July 3.

“EACC wishes to notify the public that it did not conduct any operation yesterday and media reports suggesting that EACC visited the offices of John Khaminwa Senior Counsel are unfounded,” says the EACC.

EACC’s statement comes after the senior counsel on Saturday claimed that persons who introduced themselves as police officers visited his offices and issued him threats.

The 84-year-old veteran advocate was part of a battery of lawyers that represented different respondents in the BBI appeal case at the Court of Appeal.

“They claimed that they were from the anti-corruption agency but I doubted them, they did not impress me as human beings who are holding State offices. What surprised me was that they also asked for some money from one of my assistants,” he said.

Khaminwa now says that maybe his submissions at the appellate court may have rattled some influential people in the government.

During his submission, Khaminwa argued: “When you have a president who is not obeying court orders; when you have a president who is demeaning judges before the public, this court must stand firm and tell him ‘No, we shall not hear you, we shall not give you orders at all.’”

The seven-judge bench that heard the BBI appeal case said it will take 50 days to make a ruling and will deliver the judgement on August 20, 2021.

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