NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 7- A section of civil society organisations under the umbrella of the National Civil Society Congress are now calling for the disbandment of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission because it is “ineffective as currently constituted.”
The congress specifically want a complete overhaul of the secretariat which, they say, is the epitome of incompetence in the wake of new wrangles over the fate of its chairperson Phillip Kinisu.
Kinisu is embroiled in a tussle to keep his job at the commission after commissioners demanded his resignation over conflict of interest due to his family company Esaki Limited’s involvement in business with government agencies—including the National Youth Service (NYS) which he is supposed to investigate.
Kinisu denies existence of conflict of interest, insisting he resigned his position at the company before taking up the EACC job. Esaki Ltd is operated by his wife.
Morris Odhiambo, the chairperson of the congress has urged Parliament to urgently initiate a disbandment process and constitute a fresh team that is beyond reproach.
“The public has a full picture of how dysfunctional EACC has become. The body is literally hemorrhaging internally and is rotten to the core,” he told a news conference on Sunday.
“EACC is no longer useful for Kenyans to buy the pretence that EACC is the independent institution the Constitution envisaged,” he added.
According to him, the leadership of EACC led by Kinisu and the secretariat lacks integrity and even, “the basic skills of managing their own relationship.”
One of the officials in the Congress, Florence Kanyua said Parliament should also enact a law on lifestyle audit, to strengthen the current anti-corruption laws, in a bid ensure public servants pass the integrity test.
“In particular, any person who applies to be a staff or commissioner of the EACC must undergo lifestyle audit before employment and every year after assuming office,” she said.
A lawyer recently petitioned the National Assembly to investigate Kinisu and recommend the formation of a tribunal that will decide his fate.