, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – The National Assembly will next week receive a brief of the process of replacing Commissioners at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission who resigned between March and April this year.
This is after House Speaker Justin Muturi directed Majority Coalition Whip Katoo ole Metito to update the House on the matter.
“Majority Whip or Majority Leader – as the case may be – will take up the matter and inform the House of what process if any may be undertaken or and how far we have reached. In any event the names of those who are likely to be selected will have to pass through this House,” Muturi said.
Public Accounts Committee Chairman Nicholas Gumbo had earlier noted that the lack of commissioners at the anti-graft agency had hampered the war on graft.
“I am aware that the advertisements for the EACC commissioners were done sometimes back and there is a feeling that the continued absence of the commissioners is slowing down the war on corruption in the country. I was just requesting the Leader of Majority if he could let us know the progress of this matter and when the House may be seized of this matter,” he said.
The President in June appointed a nine-member panel chaired by Supreme Court judge Smokin Wanjala to advertise, shortlist, interview and recommend names for vetting by Parliament and appointment by the President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Former EACC chairman Mumo Matemu, and his Deputy Irene Keino stepped down after President Kenyatta formed a tribunal in April to investigate accusations of incompetence and abuse of office levelled against them.
Jane Onsongo was the first of the three commissioners to resign in March after the President gave the commission 60 days to conclude its open investigations into those in the public service.
The decision to remove Matemu and Keino from office was triggered by a petition submitted to the National Assembly by a lawyer who had argued that the two were incapable of leading the war against corruption.
The Public Service Commission has invited applications for the positions of chairman and members of the ethics agency who will work part-time under a revised law.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) bosses will now be five instead of three. Aside from the chairman position, the EACC also seeks to fill four vacancies of commissioners.
This is the second time the positions have been advertised with the first one published in June by the selection panel appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta since the vacancies arose early this year.
Applicants for the position of EACC commissioners are required to have knowledge and experience of over 10 years in ethics, law, audit, accounting, fraud investigation and leadership. The chairperson and commissioners will serve on part-time basis and are required not to be bona fide members of a governing body of a political party.