, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has suspended Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairperson Mumo Matemu and vice-chairperson Irene Keino from office.
State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said in a statement the two would remain out of office pending investigation by a tribunal to be formed by President Kenyatta.
“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,” he said.
The move comes after the National Assembly on Thursday approved recommendations by the Justice and Legal Affairs committee to have the two probed.
“This process in no way hinders the work of the organisation which remains constitutionally established and operational,” Esipisu emphasised.
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.
The two are also accused of incompetence and abuse of office.
Once President Kenyatta forms a tribunal, it will be required to report its recommendations within 30 days.