NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 30 – A four-member tribunal established to investigate the suspended Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chairman and vice chairperson was sworn in by the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga on Thursday morning.
The tribunal chairman Justice (rtd) Jonathan Havelock said they will conduct the probe on Mumo Matemu and Irene Keino and present their report to the president within two months.
“We appreciate that there is doubt in the media and elsewhere as how the commission will proceed with its work of anti-corruption as a result of the suspension of the Chairperson and the vice-chairperson,” he pointed out.
“We promise that we will endeavour to get our report as quickly as possible before the President sooner than later.”
The EACC Chairman Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino were suspended by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the National Assembly passed a motion calling for their removal from office.
“They are suspended from undertaking all functions and duties of those offices with immediate effect pending the outcome of the tribunal, which will be set up in accordance with the law,” the President said in a statement when sending them packing.
The parliamentary committee noted that the disharmony and mistrust among commissioners and with the secretariat meant the EACC was dysfunctional and there must be a new beginning.
Other members of the tribunal which should investigate the matter expeditiously are Margaret Shava, Muathe M. Issa and Juster Nkoroi.
Once the tribunal completes its report, the President shall act on the recommendations within 30 days.