New EACC chairman, four commissioners sworn in

Monday January 18 2016

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The new chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and four other commissioners have been sworn in.

Mr Philip Kinisu, alongside commissioners Dabar Maalim Abdi, Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, Sophia Lepuchirit and Rose Mtambo Macharia, were sworn in Monday by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga at the Supreme Court.

Mr Kinisu takes over from Mr Mumo Matemu, who resigned in May 2015 amid allegations of incompetence in leading the war against graft.

“This marks the beginning of a re-energised war against corruption. It might take a while because we are new but in the next few days, you will see the new approach we will take in tackling the problem,” said Mr Kinisu.

He reiterated that the war on graft is not lost, and will engage stakeholders to gather new insight on approaching the fight before his team comes up with a road map on what to do.

Dr Mutunga invited the new team to do a lifestyle audit of judges, promising that he would declare his wealth once they come up with a framework on how to conduct the audit.

“I have invited the EACC and the Auditor-General to conduct a lifestyle audit in the Judiciary, starting with me and Supreme Court judges.

“Once you draw the framework for the exercise, I will hand over my wealth declaration form and any documentation you may need,” said Dr Mutunga.

The CJ urged the commissioners to fight the notion that corruption in Kenya is incurable and reclaim the public faith in institutions.