Civil servants warned over businesses, foreign accounts

January 18, 2012 1:09 pm
Civil servants face stringent rules under the new constitution/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18 – The Commission on Administrative Justice has notified civil servants who have private businesses to relinquish them and close any overseas bank accounts, in accordance with the new Constitution.

Speaking during the launch of the commission’s logo and mandate on Wednesday, chairman Otiende Amollo quoted Article 76 of the Constitution which prohibits State officers from maintaining bank accounts outside the country.

“Since the Constitution was passed, there has been no formal communication or deadline to all existing State officers that by this date you are expected to close all bank accounts that you have abroad, that by this date, you are expected to resign from any other gainful employment and that by this date, if you are a citizen of any other country you are supposed to renounce the citizenship of that country,” he said.

He said the commission will collaborate with the Central Bank of Kenya to track State officials with bank accounts abroad.

“We will have to work with the Ministry of Immigration to find out who might have dual citizenship,” he added.

Attorney General Githu Muigai who also attended the event pledged that his office would work with the commission.

“The work you are poised to do is absolutely important for the future of an open and transparent government in this country. I would like to assure you of the support of my office in whatever manner that we would be able to assist you.”

The commission has been given a wide mandate to promote good governance and efficient public service delivery by enforcing the right to fair administrative action.

The commission has a Quasi-judicial mandate to deal with maladministration, ensuring compliance with leadership, integrity and ethics requirements, litigation and quasi-judicial functions; reporting obligation, training of government ministries’ departments and agencies and the resolution of inter-governmental conflicts.

The team, which is a successor to the Public Complaints Standing Committee has been given legal powers to conduct investigations on its own initiative or on a complaint made by a member of the public about a public officer.

It can also issue summons and require that statements be given under oath and adjudicate on matters relating to administrative justice.

The powers are meant to enable the commission to acquire all the relevant information and material facts pertaining to any investigation and to curb unresponsiveness from public institutions and public officers.


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