Raila Odinga, one of Kenya's most prominent political figures, has called upon the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the Attorney General (AG), and the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) to investigate a controversial government-to-government (G-to-G) oil deal.
The issue revolves around the opaque nature of the transaction, sparking concerns about potential misconduct or corruption.
The Opaque Deal
Odinga has alleged that a nefarious scheme was involved in the procurement of petroleum products from Saudi Arabia through a purported G-to-G agreement. He argues that the deal was signed and kept under wraps to inflate fuel prices while benefiting particular government officials.
Interestingly, Odinga's legal representative has noted that in the copies of the Master Framework agreements provided, there is no mention of a 'Government to Government' understanding between Kenya and any sovereign government.
Call for Transparency and Accountability
By petitioning these oversight bodies, Raila aims to bring transparency and accountability to the transaction. He believes that a probe would illuminate the deal's details, including the transaction terms and the parties involved, upholding the principles of good governance.
Moreover, Odinga has expressed concern about the government's proposal to sell 11 parastatals, warning that such a move could drastically increase oil prices.
Impact on The Energy Sector
The request for an investigation exemplifies Odinga's commitment to combating corruption and promoting ethical conduct within governmental operations.
This commitment is especially crucial in sectors as vital as energy, which significantly impact the nation's economy and the well-being of its citizens. Despite his public raising of the G-to-G oil issue, Odinga claims that the three bodies have yet to take action.