EACC Says Anyone With Questionable Integrity Cannot Seek Elective Office, Permanently

EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) says it will clear each aspirant for various political positions and communicate its determinations to Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for further action.

This comes after Kenyans expressed their disbelief on how IEBC cleared former Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu to run for Nairobi Gubernatorial by-election.

Waititu was impeached as Governor of Kiambu over corruption, abuse of office, and embezzlement of millions of shillings on December 19, 2019.

Former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko was also impeached over the same accusations and is still planning to run for a public office.

According to a statement issued by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) the two are permanently barred from holding any Public Office.

“EACC wished to inform the public that while the constitutional responsibility to clear aspirants to vie for various positions lies with IEBS, EACC is mandated to enforce the provision of Chapter 6 of the constitution, including the mandatory integrity requirements for all candidates. EACC has a constitutional responsibility to advise IEBC on the integrity compliance status of all candidates pursuant to chapter 6 of the constitution,” the statement read.

EACC has the mandate to ensure that all persons meet the integrity clearance threshold before seeking any public office for election as inscribed in Chapter Six about leadership and integrity.

Further, the Commission reminded Kenyans that entrusting the management of public affairs to persons with questionable integrity will only entrench corruption and impunity at the expense of much-needed transparency, accountability and good governance.

The election of persons with integrity is the only way to have transformative leadership that will build a corruption-free society.

This, therefore, means that politicians who have been impeached over questionable integrity will not be cleared by the EACC to vie for any public office.