Fresh case to block EACC operations

January 29, 2013 2:35 pm
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – Two city residents have moved to court seeking to bar commissioners of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) from discharging their duties.

Clement Odera and Samuel Nyabundo want the commissioners blocked from continuing with their work, arguing that their appointments were unlawful.

They contend that the nomination process and appointment of the commissioners was characterised by partisan interests/FILE
They contend that the nomination process and appointment of the commissioners was characterised by partisan interests/FILE
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To support their claim, they argue that the names of the commissioners were sent to Parliament for approval beyond the time allowed in law.

They also say that the nominee for chairperson, Mumo Matemu was picked despite integrity queries, and the fact that one-time LSK chairman Okong’o Omogeni was ranked better in the interviews.

The applicants say the absence of a chairperson and secretary render decisions of the EACC illegitimate.

They have enjoined EACC commissioners Irene Keino and Jane Onsongo as interested parties and listed the Attorney General as a respondent.

“The petitioners are seeking a declaration by the court that the commission as is currently constituted is unable to discharge its mandate under the Constitution or under the EACC Act.”

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