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KIBAKI, RAILA PICK MATEMU TO FIGHT GRAFT

Laban Wanambisi, Capital FM News, 01 December 2011

President Mwai Kibaki has nominated Mumo Matemu as the chair of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

Temporary House Speaker Gitobu Imanyara told Parliament on Thursday afternoon that Mumo’s name has been forwarded for approval by MPs following consultations with Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The two Principals have also nominated Jane Onsongo and Irene Keino as members of the Commission.

If approved by Parliament, Matemu will take over the fight against sleaze from the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC), which was replaced under the new Constitution.

Matemu has worked as a Commissioner of the Kenya Revenue Authority

Onsongo is a former Assistant Director at KACC in charge of Preventive Services, while Keino is a former member of the KACC Advisory board.

There were concerns that President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have breached the Constitution by failing to appoint members of new and revamped national anti-graft body over differences on who should head it.

There are reports that vested interests led to the differences between the leaders of the two main partners in the ruling coalition over whom from the final list of three people short-listed should steer EACC.

The disagreement had narrowed down to two names, but could not agree on who should be the one to lead the revamped body.

The recruitment panel had forwarded three candidates for consideration by the Principals – former chair of the KACC Advisory Board, Erick Okong’o Omogeni, Mumo Matemu and Sarah Kilemi.

Temporary Speaker Imanyara told the House that a letter from the Head of Public Service to Parliament had initially been recalled on Monday before a second one was forwarded to the Clerk.

During the vetting, Omogeni scored the highest at 81.7 points, followed by Matemu with 78.4 points.

For the position of member, 164 applications were received out of which 12 people were short-listed while nine were short-listed for interview for the position of chairperson.

The two Principals failed to beat the deadline of presenting three names that constitute the EACC to Parliament by Thursday last week.

The Independent Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2011 stipulates that the President shall, within 14 days of receipt of the names of successful applicants forwarded, select a chairperson and commissioners of the Commission and forward the names to Parliament for approval.

Parliament shall within 21 days after receiving the names, vet and consider, and may approve or reject any or all of them.

If the names are approved by Parliament, the Speaker forwards the names to the President for appointment. In turn, the President shall within seven days of receiving the names, make the appointments.

 

KIBAKI, RAILA NAME ANTI-CORRUPTION BOSS - Cyrus Ombati, The Standard, 01 December 2011

A former Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) commissioner Mumo Matemu has been nominated to head the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga also named Prof Jane Onsongo and Irene Keino to the anti-graft body, Parliament was told.

Matemu chaired the Task Force on dual citizenship.

The three nominees will be vetted by Parliament before formal appointment by the President.

Temporary Speaker Gitobu Imanyara read the names this afternoon in the House and revealed an earlier list had been withdrawn on Monday in unclear circumstances.

The new Commission will take over from the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, which was sent home following the enactment of the EACC Act in line with the Constitution.

The new Commission will be responsible for investigating corruption in the country and will clear persons seeking appointive and elective public offices.

The Standard had reported how the two Principals had failed to agree on who would be the Chairperson of the Commission and Commissioners.

The two Principals failed to beat the deadline of presenting three names that constitute the EACC to Parliament by Thursday last week.

The Independent Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2011 stipulates that the President shall, within 14 days of receipt of the names of successful applicants forwarded, select a chairperson and members of the commission and forward the names to Parliament for approval.

Parliament shall within 21 days after receiving the names, vet and consider, and may approve or reject any or all of them. If the names are approved by Parliament, the Speaker forwards the names to the President for appointment. In turn, the President shall within seven days of receiving the names, make the appointments.

The EACC selection panel had forwarded the names of the current chairperson of the anti-graft advisory board Okong’o Omogeni, Mr. Matemu and Ms. Sarah Kilemi.

However, Mr. Omogeni was dropped despite coming top in the interviews by scoring 81.7 followed by Mr. Matemu with 78.4 and Dr. Kilemi with 78.1.

The panel chaired by Rose Mambo also forwarded the names of Prof Onsongo, Polycarp Ochilo, Francis Shaw and Ms. Keino in order of merit to be considered for the two positions of members.

Former KACC director Prof Patrick Lumumba and four commissioners at the anti-graft body were sent packing as Parliament passed the new law three months ago.

The body has been under a caretaker committee since then.


MATEMU NOMINATED TO HEAD ANTI-GRAFT AGENCYMargaret Kalekye, KBC, 01 December 2011

Mumo Matemu has been nominated to head the new national anti-graft body.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner was appointed by President Mwai Kibaki in consultation with Prime Minister Raila Odinga. 

Jane Onsongo and Irene Keino have also been picked as members to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The three nominees are waiting vetting by parliament.

The anti-graft body replaced the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission that was disbanded following the passage of the Independent Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Act 2011.

The selection panel chaired by Rose Mambo had recommended Lawyer Okong'o Omogeni, Mumo Matemu and Sarah M Kilemi for appointment as chairperson of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Omogeni who is the current chair of the anti-corruption body's advisory board emerged the best after scoring 81.7 followed by Mr. Matemu with 78.4 and Dr. Kilemi with 78.1.

Those listed for consideration as members were former KACC Deputy Director Jane Onsongo, Ochilo Polycarp Omollo, Robert Francis Shaw and Irene Cheptoo Keino.

EACC should consist of a chairperson and two members.

The new Commission will enforce the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003 and other present and future statutes that have some anti-corruption and economic crimes related provisions.


Posted on Friday, December 02, 2011

 

 
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