NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) is set to institute investigations into the conduct of members of the National Assembly who engaged in fist-fights and immoral conduct during debate of the controversial Security Laws (Amendment) Bill on Thursday.
EACC Chairman Mumo Matemu pointed out that the conduct of the legislators was unethical and went against the tenets of leadership and integrity as outlined in Chapter Six of the Constitution.
He indicated that the EACC will examine each case on individual basis and institute the process of removing from office any Member of Parliament found culpable.
“Our concern is about the requirement of Chapter Six and the Leadership and Integrity Act regarding the conduct of State officers and legislators are State officers. We will look into the personal conduct of each of the persons involved and deal with those cases which go beyond legislation and which go into the breach of the provisions of Chapter Six and the Leadership and Integrity Act,” he said.
The special session in Parliament turned physical as emotions ran high during the debate of the controversial law.
“We will take appropriate action which will include initiating the process of removal from office of any State officer who from his conduct indeed ought to face such action,” Matemu stated.
The EACC chairman further pointed out that a similar trend of unethical conduct has been noted in various County Assemblies and that investigation are still ongoing.
“Similar trends of previous unethical conduct by State officers have also been observed in the County Assemblies of Isiolo, Nairobi, Wajir, Machakos, Kisumu, Makueni, Murang’a and Kakamega among others which the commission is still investigating,” he said.
During the debate, some of the proposed amendments to the law were deleted, with some being amended.
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi was forced to chair the committee stage after the members’ shouting seemingly overpowered Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso’s voice.
At one point, one of the CORD legislators even hurled a book at Muturi forcing orderlies to shield him.
The Bill was due to be signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday.