, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC) has launched an investigation into the process of hiring Principal Secretaries after the Public Service Commission failed to involve it in the vetting exercise as required by the Constitution.
The commission says it had received complaints from the members of public that the whole process was not fair and transparent.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission acting chairperson Irene Keino on Thursday urged both national and county governments to carry out all appointments in accordance with the Constitution.
“In the recent past there have been various advertisements in the media for various positions both in the county and national governments. EACC expects that the process of selection and appointment of persons to the various positions will be carried out in a fair and transparent manner and in accordance with the constitutional and statutory provisions on leadership and integrity,” Keino said.
She revealed the commission had received numerous complaints that the processes of short listing candidates who applied for various positions advertised both in the county and national government level were not done in a transparent manner.
“Allegations were received by the EACC that qualified and competent applicants were not short listed for unknown reasons.”
Keino noted that “a major point in case is the recent process of short listing of applicants for the position of Principal Secretaries where EACC received complaints that the short listing process was not carried out in a clear manner.”
She said the persons who hold the office of Principal Secretaries are accounting officers in the respective ministries or departments in government and will, “wield great influence in determining the manner in which the resources are to be utilised.”
Keino has also warned the county governors against engaging in procurement of goods without complying with the procurement law saying the commission will investigate and prosecute any governor who will be found guilty.
“The commission has received intelligence reports that county governors are engaging in procurement of goods without complying with the procurement laws. The commission will investigate the reports and governors found culpable will be prosecuted,” she warned.
She urged members of public to report such malpractices to the commission.
While reacting to the allegations, Public Service Commission Chairperson Professor Margaret Kobia said the EACC was exercising its right and should be permitted to conduct investigations over the recruitment process.
“I don’t know whether they are investigating, but what I am sure of is that the whole shortlisting process was above board,” Kobia affirmed.
“We involved members of the public in the whole process and indeed 90 percent of those shortlisted were either alleged to be corrupt or tribal.”