, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has directed State and Public officers to declare their income, assets and liabilities before the end of the year.
The Commission’s Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo stated that according to Section 26 of the Public Officer Ethics Act, each state or public officer is required once every two years submit their declarations and that of their spouses and dependent children under 18 years.
In a statement, he said that this is a requirement for everyone joining the public service who are required to make the declarations within 30 days of becoming state or public officers and final declarations within 30 days of ceasing to hold state or public office.
“The Commission further requires all persons elected or appointed to state or public office to make their initial declarations and those exiting public office their final declarations,” he stated.
“The Commission hereby notifies all state officers and public officers that 2017 is a declaration year and all state and public officers will be expected to submit their declarations before 31st December 2017. The statement date for the declarations shall be 1st November 2017,” he said.
He stated that failure to submit the declarations is a criminal offence according to the constitution and makes one liable to a fine not exceeding Sh1 million or a one year imprisonment.
“EACC will monitor the declaration exercise and from time to time take such measures as may be necessary to enforce the law.”