EACC Gives Governors, MPs-Elect Ultimatum Over Wealth

  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Comission (EACC) Offices at Integrity centre Building in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.
    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Offices at Integrity Centre in Nairobi. ‎Monday, ‎18 ‎November ‎2019.
    Simon Kiragu
    Kenyans.co.ke
  • The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) has given elected members of parliament and newly sworn-in governors 30 days to declare their wealth.

    In a statement dated Tuesday, August 30, the integrity body noted that the declaration of wealth was mandatory and part of the agency's efforts in the fight against corruption.

    Consequently, the government agency noted that failure to declare wealth was punishable as per the law.

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    Kenya's Supreme Court judges file into the chamber during the opening of the 11th Parliament in the capital Nairobi April 16, 2013
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    'Failure to declare or making a false declaration is a criminal offence. A person who fails to submit a declaration or clarification required, or makes a false declaration is guilty of an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Ksh1 Million or up to one year imprisonment or to both," EACC warned.

    It was also noted that the declaration would be done in conjunction with the signing of the integrity oath

    The anti-corruption institution explained that the guidelines would help seal loopholes in the fight against graft as a leader's wealth can be monitored.

    "Following the integrity pledge, EACC will support the new administrations to strengthen accountability systems and seal loopholes that permit corruption.

    "This will not waive coercive measures such as investigation for prosecution or forfeiture of assets," EACC explained.

    In the past months, the agency nabbed national government and county officials who amassed unexplained wealth during their tenure in office.

    Recently, EACC arrested a city hall official who had property worth Ksh40 million yet his salary from 2014 totalled Ksh2.1 million.

    Elected lawmakers are yet to take an oath of office. Last week, members of the 13th Parliament were oriented ahead of the swearing-in -whose date is set to be announced.

    As per the law, the swearing-in of parliamentarians should take place within 30 days after the polls. 

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