NAIROBI, Kenya, June 16 – The positions of chairman and commissioners of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission have been advertised.
An advertisement by the selection panel’s vice-chairperson Gladys Kianji indicates that those applying for the post of chairman need to have 15 years of experience in ethics and governance, law, audit, accounting, fraud investigation and leadership.
“For appointment as chairperson of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, a person should hold a degree from a university recognised in Kenya. They should also have met the requirements outlined in Chapter Six of the Constitution,” she stated.
She pointed out that those applying for the post of members of the EACC need to have at least 10 years of experience and should also have had a distinguished career in their respective fields.
“A person who is applying for this post needs to have at least 10 years of experience in social studies, religious studies and philosophy, public relations and media, economics, leadership, fraud investigation and accounting,” she indicated.
The positions fell vacant after Mumo Matemu and Irene Keino quit as chairman and vice-chairperson respectively following the setting up of a tribunal to investigate their conduct, weeks after the resignation of commissioner Jane Onsongo.
Kianji also stated that a person shall not qualify for appointment of chairman or member of the commission if he or she is a member of a governing body of a political party, has been declared bankrupt or convicted of a felony.
She said that anyone who has been removed from office for contravening the provisions of the Constitution or any other law will also not be considered.
She further encouraged persons with disability, the marginalized and the minority to apply for the posts.
Matemu was set to face a Commission of Inquiry investigating allegations of corruption and abuse of office against him and Keino after Parliament approved a petition that sought their removal from office.
In a letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, he had said that he took the decision to resign solely for the purpose of subordinating his personal rights and interests to the greater public good in the fight against corruption.
Commissioner Onsongo had resigned earlier, even before the National Assembly had debated a motion on the commissioners’ suitability to serve.
Keino resigned hours after members of the tribunal set up to probe her were sworn-in to office.
Keino said she resigned to spare her family the anguish of a judicial process that would cause them “unimaginable pain”.