Following an investigation into allegations of irregularities surrounding the management of the Staff Mortgage Scheme at the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has cleared Ezra Chiloba and other implicated officials.

The inquiry was initiated on 26th September 2023, after the Commission received concerning reports regarding the scheme's management.

However, upon what the commission termed as thorough examination, the investigation concluded that there was insufficient evidence to substantiate the claims against Chiloba and his colleagues.

In a statement issued by Twalib Mbarak, the Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of EACC, it was confirmed that the matter has been closed, with no further action required.

The decision to close the case was made in accordance with Section 25A of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (ACECA) of 2003.

"The investigation established that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegation against Ezra Chiloba and other officials of the Authority," EACC stated.

"This is therefore to bring to your attention that the matter was closed with no further action pursuant to Section 25A of the ACECA of 2003."

While the findings exonerate Chiloba and the officials, the EACC has recommended that the Communications Authority reviews its Human Resource Policy and Procedure Manual, aligning it with the directives outlined in the Communication Authority HCA Circular No. 1"B" of 2021, dated 23rd March, 2021.

Chiloba, who was at the centre of the investigation, has recently been nominated as Kenya's Consul-General to Los Angeles, USA, marking a significant development in his career trajectory.

The clearance by the EACC brings closure to a chapter of uncertainty for Chiloba and the implicated officials, affirming their innocence in the matter.

However, despite the clearance by the EACC, some observers have expressed scepticism regarding the manner in which Chiloba and the CA officials have been exonerated.

Questions linger about the transparency and completeness of the investigation, leaving a cloud of doubt over the outcome.

As discussions unfold, the spotlight remains on the need for robust oversight and accountability mechanisms within Kenya's public institutions.

With the matter resolved, attention now shifts to the continued operations of the Communications Authority as it navigates its responsibilities in Kenya's evolving telecommunications landscape.