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EACC says governors' impeachment proposal akin to impunity

 The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak. [File, Standard]

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak has disputed the Council of Governors’ proposal for impeachment immunity, saying there is no grace period for impunity.

Mbarak made the sentiments on Tuesday, October 4, when making EACC submissions to the National Dialogue Committee at Bomas of Kenya.

In his presentation, the anti-graft boss most corruption scandals are instigated by the county chiefs, who in most cases remain to be the beneficiaries of the same.

Therefore, he has proposed law changes that will hold county bosses accountable for any graft allegations within the county.

“EACC notes that most instances of corruption In the County governments are instigated by the governors through proxies yet they remain principal beneficiaries. Whereas the Accounting Officers who are mainly Chief Officers are held responsible, the principal beneficiaries (Governors) often escape responsibility and accountability,” he says.

“EACC Submission EACC proposes legislative amendments to hold Governors accountable for corruption within the counties. This will ensure continuous scrutiny of the Governors in management of public resources.”

The Commission has also observed that individuals with questionable integrity have either been elected or even appointed to hold public offices.

“EACC proposes enhancement of procedures and mechanisms for vetting of persons for election and appointment to State and public office. This will entail amendment of the Leadership and Integrity Act for the effective administration of Chapter Six of the Constitution which will ensure selection on the basis of competence, suitability, and personal integrity,” Mbarak has told the Dialogue Committee.

The anti-graft boss also says most corruption cases are linked to campaign financing, therefore, he wants the Election Campaign Financing Act, 2013 implemented.

“Public resources such as motor vehicles and staff have also been used irregularly to support aspirants serving in public positions. The Commission recommends operationalization of the Election Campaign Financing Act, 2013 to streamline campaign financing,”

EACC also wants the Constitution amended to bar persons who have been convicted from vying for electoral office.

The Commission says there has been delayed disbursement of budgetary allocations and is seeking legislative amendments to guarantee operational independence.

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