Parliament Moves to Eliminate EACC
Parliament on Wednesday kicked off a motion to disband the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC).
According to the proposed law, by Aldai MP Cornelly Serem, EACC has failed to effectively discharge its constitutional mandate.
The document was submitted to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi. The amendment bill seeks to repeal article 79 of the Constitution which created the anti-graft agency.
Part of the bill read: “EACC has demonstrated a failure to address issues under its mandate leading to the current rampant cases of corruption in the country.”
[caption caption="Aldai MP Cornelly Serem addressing the media at Parliament"][/caption]
Serem added in the bill "The commission unnecessarily duplicates the investigative work of the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) under the National Police Service (NPS)."
Notably, it requires a two-thirds majority to sail through the house.
Additionally, the stated: “The commission had not demonstrated a commensurate level of outcomes despite receiving sufficient budgetary support over the seven years of its existence.”
It further read: “The commission has demonstrated a lack of capacity with a majority of its cases being thrown out of court due to lack of evidence or mishandling of the cases.”
Past anti-corruption officials have had a chaotic time at the commission with most of them leaving office under controversial circumstances.
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Those who had unceremonious exits from the plum job include John Harun Mwau and Justice Aaron Ringera who served for six months and nine months respectively.
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