NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Halake Waqo and Chairman Mumo Matemu have resolved their differences and resorted to work together.
The two had initially taken different stands on the decision to suspend Deputy CEO Michael Mubea with the CEO dismissing Matemu’s decision to interdict him.
“We wish to assure Kenyans that the commission and the secretariat are working together as one corporate body with a mandate to fight corruption in the country,” said Matemu on Friday.
Matemu said the decision to unite was to ensure the fight against corruption continues without a hitch.
“We wish to assure the government and development partners that contrary to what may have been portrayed in some sections of the media, the commission is firmly focused in the execution of its mandate. All matters that the commission is seized of, including investigations are proceeding normally without interruptions,” added Matemu.
Although Waqo, Matemu and Vice Chair Irene Keino refused to state the fate of Mubea, a press statement they issued stated that the matter would be resolved by the Human Resources Department.
“EACC is concerned about the ongoing speculations and unsubstantiated reports circulating in sections of the media regarding the recent interdiction of the commission’s Deputy CEO, Technical services. The commission wishes to clarify that this is a normal process that is being handled through the commission’s management policies and Human Resources procedures, ” they explained.
Last week the corruption watchdog was thrown into disarray after CEO Waqo reinstated Mubea hours after Matemu had suspended him citing integrity issues.
Waqo disregarded the directive saying he was not consulted.
The corruption watchdog is also facing possible dissolution as already a petition has been sent to President Uhuru Kenyatta to initiate a probe over alleged failure by the commission to solve corruption cases submitted to them.
“I can confirm to you there is a petition so far sent to the president regarding the entire leadership of the commission and it is being looked into,” said Manoah Esipisu, the State House Spokesman earlier on the week.