Governors-elect, their deputies to sign integrity code upon assuming office- EACC

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak speaking during a meeting at Kenya Institute of Monetary Studies, Nairobi. [Esther Jeruto, Standard]

All newly-elected State officers will sign the leadership and integrity codes before assuming office, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak has said.

The oath will be administered by judicial officers who have already been appointed by Chief Justice Martha Koome to swear in the leaders.

"I have directed the assigned judges and judicial officers to engage with the appointed officer from EACC to facilitate signing and commitment to the leadership and integrity codes," Koome said in a circular dated Tuesday, August 23.

The law requires that elected State officers sign the leadership and integrity codes when they are taking the oath of office or within seven days of assuming office.

"Signing of the integrity code is a commitment and pledge by the State Officer to the public that during their tenure of office, they will uphold integrity and will not engage in any form of corruption," Mbarak said.

The Anti-corruption commission boss wrote to the CJ last week requesting to have all newly-elected leaders sign the documents on the day of taking an oath, in the presence of an EACC officer.

"EACC is of the view that all the newly-elected State officers should, in the interest of efficiency and effectiveness, sign and commit to the Leadership and Integrity codes at the time of taking the oath of office."

At least 26 governors-elect and their deputies will sign the integrity codes tomorrow when they will be sworn in in their respective counties.

The Standard
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