, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) vice chairperson Irene Keino has revealed that she is under pressure to resign, but insists she will not succumb to the underhand push.
Keino sensationally claimed on Wednesday that some unnamed government officials had lured her with an ambassadorial position in exchange for her job at the commission, but she has declined.
“I am obliged in my duties to defend the Constitution and the institution which I serve as a State Officer. I received a call at around 11.30am (on Tuesday) for a meeting,” she told reporters during a briefing at their Integrity centre offices.
Keino after the call “asked about the agenda of the meeting and was told that Prof. Onsongo had agreed to resign. I was also requested to resign and be given a new job as Deputy Ambassador to Brazil, which I flatly declined.”
She believes all the efforts to force EACC commissioners to resign, are linked to the Anglo Leasing cases and investigations on the Karen land grab.
Other cases she mentioned include the Mumias Sugar case, the Geothermal Development Corporation case and matters relating to Integrity Centre and its relationship with the Deposit Protection Fund Board.
“The attempt has also manifested itself in the fuelled internal feuds at the commission, the concealment of documents, the clear in instances of insubordination,” she stated.
She categorically stated that no amount of pressure will push her to resignation.
“I wish to state that I shall not resign and those people seeking for my resignation through unconstitutional means should stop,” she said. “There is a clear constitutional and statutory regime for removal of a commissioner.”
Keino said there were attempts by unnamed people to interfere with the independence of the commission.
“I shall continue to discharge my obligations and duties as a commissioner without fear or favour in accordance with my oath of office,” she affirmed.
She spoke a day after her fellow commissioner, Professor Jane Onsongo resigned, citing in-fighting at the commission.
Onsongo told Citizen TV on Tuesday evening that the commission was incapable of fighting the numerous mega corruption cases in the country.
The commission chairman, Mumo Matemu however said Onsongo’s resignation will not hamper the progress of investigations at the commission.
“It’s easier when we have the Chairperson and the vice chair,” he stated.