Ringera queues to leave KACC

September 30, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 30 – Kenya Anti Corruption Commission Director (KACC) Justice (rtd) Aaron Ringera was on Wednesday afternoon scheduled to hold a crucial meeting with his staff amidst calls for his resignation.

There have been increasing reports that Justice Ringera would step down after the meeting. However sources at the commission say he was unlikely to step down without a replacement to take over operations the graft fighting agency.

“The Director might address the media after the 2.30pm meeting,” Nicholas Simani, the KACC spokesman told Capital News on phone.

President Mwai Kibaki reappointed Justice Ringera together with his two deputies, Smokin Wanjala and Fatuma Sichale last month for a second term storming controversy after bypassing Parliament and the Anti Corruption Commission Advisory Board as is the practice.

Dr Wanjala bowed to pressure and resigned two weeks ago but Justice Ringera and Ms Sichale have stayed put.

Parliament earlier in the month voted to annul the appointment but Attorney General Amos Wako and Justice Minister Mutula Kilonzo have said that the decision by the House was not binding, maintaining that only the courts would revoke the appointment.

Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale withdrew a case challenging the reappointment last week but another case filed by the civil society is waiting at the high court.

Dr Khalwale, who also chairs the Parliamentary Accounts Committee, told journalists that the he was incensed by the move to use the court case as an excuse to have Justice Ringera and his deputy Fatuma Sichale remain in office.

Garsen MP Danson Mungatana has already indicated that he should Justice Ringera persist inn office he would be bringing a motion to disband the entire commission once Parliament re-opens in November.

MPs had threatened to withdraw funding to the commission before the end of last session forcing Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta to severally withdraw the Appropriations bill that gives the executive power to spend the budget money.


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