Governors and CSs among State officers facing citizenship probe
SEE ALSO :Need a passport? Book an appointmentMbarak said the inquiry seeks to ascertain whether those alleged to have contravened the law are actually culpable. He said whereas the Constitution provides for dual citizenship, the same is prohibited for State and public officers save for a certain category such as judges, members of commissions or any person who has been made a citizen of another country by law, without ability to opt out. “The commission will continue to escalate the war against both corruption and unethical conduct in line with Chapter Six of the Constitution, the Leadership and Integrity Act and other laws,” he said. On Thursday night, National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale ranted against EACC’s announcement that they were probing MPs. He linked the probe to Parliament’s rejection of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ambassador nominee to South Korea, Mwende Mwinzi. Clever ways
SEE ALSO :Passport collection goes digital“This is nonsense. I was even in the US this week. I went to school there. I did my bachelors and masters degrees in the US and did my PhD at the University of Nairobi. I have never tried to change or acquire another citizenship,” he said. He said the allegations should be dismissed by the EACC as they were not worth pursuing. In Omtatah’s dossier, two senators were claimed to be US citizens while eight members of the National Assembly were said to be citizens of other countries. “We know the people behind Omtatah’s move. If EACC knows of any MP with dual nationality, why has it taken this long to take action? What has informed this drastic move? If the law is to be applied, let it be across the board,” one of the MPs said. Shem Ochuodho of the Kenya Diaspora Alliance defended Mwinzi’s nomination, saying the Act MPs were relying on in rejecting her was retrogressive.
SEE ALSO :Court hands back Kariuki travel passes“The Constitution defines who public and State officers are and it excludes judges, ambassadors, independent offices and commissions. The Act seeks to negate the same by including these categories,” Ochuodho said. Omtatah is yet to disclose the source of his claims but maintained it was “credible but confidential” information. In his letter, he says he had been prompted by a decision of a Parliamentary Committee resolution to probe Mwinzi for allegedly violating the Constitution by refusing to denounce her US citizenship. Mbarak made reference to Article 78(2) of the Constitution on citizenship and leadership, which stipulates that a State officer or a member of the defense forces shall not hold dual citizenship. He also cited section 52(1) of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012 that extends application of Chapter Six of the Constitution and the Act to public officers generally. Mbarak said a public officer is defined under Article 260 of the Constitution to mean “any State officer or any person, other than a State officer, who holds a public office.” [email protected]
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