MPs to vote on Wabukala, Chebukati nominations Tuesday

January 11, 2017 3:56 pm
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The National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee led by Chairman Samuel Chepkonga was due to meet Wednesday to finalise the drafting of the committee reports on the nominations to the two independent commissions/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 11 – The National Assembly will hold a special sitting next Tuesday to consider the nominations of former Anglican Church Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Wafula Chebukati to chair the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) respectively.

The National Assembly’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee led by Chairman Samuel Chepkonga was due to meet Wednesday to finalise the drafting of the committee reports on the nominations to the two independent commissions.

“We will be tabling those committee reports (in the House) on January 17. This is what MPs will be debating on that day and decide to either approve or reject all or some of the nominees.”

“We hope that the IEBC Commissioners will be in place possibly by next week so that they can oversee the Mass Voter Registration and the rest of the commissioners will hand over,” Chepkonga said.

The committee on Wednesday afternoon concluded conducting approval hearings for the six IEBC nominees proposed for Commissioners including Paul Kibiwott Kurgat, Margaret Wanjala Mwachanya and Prof Abdi Gilye.

Consolata Nkatha Bucha Maina, Boya Molu, Roselyne Kwamboka Akombe appeared for the vetting at County Hall on Tuesday.

The House team interviewed Chebukati on Monday who is seeking to replace Issack Hassan following a negotiated process between Jubilee Coalition and Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) after the Opposition held protests to demand the removal of the commissioners on grounds that they were not fit to oversee this year’s General Election.

The anti-graft czar’s post fell vacate after Phillip Kinisu was forced to resign after a company associated with him was named as a beneficiary in the Sh1.6 billion National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

Archbishop Wabukala currently chairs the National Anti-Corruption Steering Committee, a government entity formed in November 2004 that carries public education, sensitization and awareness against corruption.

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