MPs to interrupt Christmas break to vet EACC nominees

November 24, 2015 3:32 pm

, PARLIAMENT-INSIDENAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 24 – The National Assembly may be recalled from its December recess in order to approve or reject the nominees of the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission.

Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso informed them that the House may have to hold a special sitting because to comply with a 21-day timeline required for them to make a decision of the President’s nominees.

A House Committee is required to conduct approval hearings and submit a report to the House for consideration before December 15 by which time MPs would have adjourned for its long Recess.

The House is expected to go on recess from December 4.

Laboso has directed the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to immediately notify the nominees of the dates for vetting and also call for public submissions on the suitability of the nominees.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday nominated Philip Kinusu to head the anti-graft body while Dabar Abdi Maalim, Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, Sophia Lepuchirit and Rose Mghoi Mtambo Macharia were selected as members.

READ: President Kenyatta nominates Philip Kinusu EACC chairperson

The Chairperson’s position was left vacant after Mumo Matemu resigned on May 12 following his suspension and formation of a commission of inquiry to investigate his conduct together with his deputy Irene Keino.

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.

One of the Commissioners Jane Onsongo had resigned earlier, even before the National Assembly had debated a motion on the commissioners’ suitability to serve.

The nomination comes after the President announced new measures to fight the corruption menace in the country.

During her resignation, Keino claimed that the EACC commissioners were being forced to leave office unceremoniously to cover up for the sensitive Anglo Leasing case and investigations they were finalizing on the infamous Karen land grabbing estimated at Sh8 billion.


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