, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 8 – Civil Society Organisations are urging government agencies under the umbrella of the Chapter Six Working Group to provide information to voters on all candidates listed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and other vetting bodies as having fallen short of ethical standards set out in the Constitution.
Under the National Integrity Alliance (NIA), the CSOs which include Transparency International – Kenya (TI-K), Society for International Development (SID), Inuka ni Sisi and Mzalendo Trust on Thursday noted that the information is critical in helping voters elect leaders come August 8.
“We believe that this information will be useful to not just the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) but also the public as they move forward to exercise their voting rights in the coming elections,” TI-K’s Executive Director Samuel Kimeu said at media breakfast in a Nairobi hotel.
“We call on all the vetting institutions under the Chapter Six Working Group to uphold the right of the public to relevant information on all the unethical candidates listed by the EACC and all the other members of the working group to enable voters make informed choices at the ballot.”
His sentiments were echoed by SID Associate Director Houghton Irungu who said the institutions should create accountability frameworks to facilitate the realization of tenets of the sixth chapter of the country’s supreme law.
“We’ve seen too much hemorrhage of public resources over the last five years. If there’s a moment in which Kenyans need to raise up and take the responsibility for electing leaders of integrity then this is the moment,” Irungu said while noting looting of public resources had taken place at either levels of government – national and county.
On June 1, IEBC confirmed receipt of 106 names form the EACC giving a status of the candidates who had sought clearance from it.
In the list, all presidential were not facing any investigations from the ethics agency neither were they convicted or had pending cases in a court of law.
The report from EACC however indicates that 11 candidates running for Governor, one for Senate, two for County Woman Representative, 13 for Member of Parliament, and 14 for the Member of the County Assembly are still under investigations by the anti-graft body.
The list also indicates that six gubernatorial aspirants, two senatorial, one eyeing for a woman representative slot, nine MP, and 23 MCA hopefuls had pending cases.
Gubernatorial and senatorial aspirants, Anthony Mkala (Mombasa) and Diriye Adbulahi (Wajir) respectively as well as three eyeing parliamentary seats were found to have been convicted in court.
Among Governors, Nadhif Jama (Garissa), Godana Doyo (Isiolo), Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Hassan Noor (Mandera) and Chris Obure (Kisii) are said to be having pending cases in court.
Sospeter Ojaamong (Busia), Godana Dayo (Isiolo), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a) Evans Kidero (Nairobi), Cornel Rasanga (Siaya), Okoth Obado (Migori), Peter Munya (Meru) as well as aspirants Mike Sonko (Nairobi), Thuo Mathenge (Nyeri) Granton Samboja (Taita Taveta) and Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) all have cases under investigation.
Senatorial candidates David Kinisu (Trans Nzoia) and Francis Kiambi (Tharaka Nithi)have cases pending in court with Meru Senator Mithika Linturi under investigations for filing falsifying a declaration form to IEBC in 2013.
Linturi’s academic credentials are also under probe as preliminary investigations reveled that he is not a graduate of the University of Nairobi.
Former Judiciary registrar Gladys Shollei who is pursuing the Uasin Gishu Woman Representative seat is among Women Representative candidates with cases pending in court. She is facing charges of abuse of office in acquisition of an official residence for the Chief Justice.
Legislators Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay) – charged with assault, John Juma (Malava) – charged with corruption in procurement of wheelbarrows in Bungoma county, Nicholas Ngeno (Kipkelion East) – charged with abuse of office, Peter Shehe (Ganze) – misappropriation of CDF funds, Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) – charged with abuse of office, Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) – charged with falsification academic documents, Mathew Lempurkel (Laikipia North) – charged with assault and Julius Ndegwa (Lamu West) who is charged with abuse of office all have pending cases in court.
Others are; Munyika Karisa (Jomvu), charged with soliciting a bribe, John Njoroge (Kasarani), charged with abuse of office, Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South) who charged with evading paying tax, Saidi Milcah (Cherangany) charged with abuse of office, Mwendwa Kimanzi (Kitui East) charged with impersonation and Mathews Nyarungo (Kwanza) have cases pending in court.
ODM MPs Elizabeth Ongoro and Tom Kajwang are among those with cases under investigations.