NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – A total of 197 persons are in the race to succeed Justice Aaron Ringera as Director of the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission.
According to a source at the Commission notable names includes former Electoral Commissioners Gabriel Mukele and Alfred Ndambiri. Others are former Constitution of Kenya Review Commissioner Alice Yano.
Nairobi lawyer PLO Lumumba and former Law Society of Kenya Vice Chairman Evans Gaturu have also expressed interest of leadership at the anti graft body.
The Kenya Anti Corruption Commission Advisory Board on Tuesday began the process of short listing applicants for the position of Director and those of two deputies.
“We hope to come up with a final list of ten tomorrow (Wednesday) who we will invite for interviews,” the source who did not want to be revealed said.
After the interviews the Board will forward the three names to the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs which will on adoption present the same to the Parliament for debate.
After close vetting by the House and approval, the same will be forwarded to the President for appointment through the Minister for Justice and Constitution Affairs.
Assistant Director in Charge of Investigations John Mutonyi is currently acting as Director of the Commission.
Justice Ringera and his two deputies Smokin Wanjala and Fatuma Sichale resigned last month following public pressure on their perceived ‘irregular reappointment’ by President Mwai Kibaki. Parliament voted overwhelmingly to annul the re-appointment despite a spirited fight from the Executive.
The Board advertised the positions three weeks ago. Applicants were required to be Kenyan citizens who have worked in a senior position either in the private or public sector for more than 15 years. They need a good understanding of the legal systems and anti corruption laws in the country and among others, those who can strategise on tackling corruption in the country.
Board Chairman Okong’o Omogeni had promised that they would ensure transparency in the matter and recruit the most suited person for the jobs. He estimated that the Board would complete the process of recruitment by mid next month.
The Board has already resolved that the next Director will earn Sh1.6 million which is 35 percent less from the Sh2.5 million earned by the former Director. The Assistant Directors will also get a similar cut and will take home Sh1.2 million.