TI Warns Uhuru Against Signing EACC Bill

Transparency International has cautioned President Uhuru Kenyatta against signing into law the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

The bill reduces independence of the EACC.

The TI chief executive officer, Samuel Kimeu, yesterday said some provisions in the amended law are unconstitutional and will make EACC commissioners subservient to the Public Service Commission.

“The President should reject the offending provisions and return the bill to the National Assembly for reconsideration,” he said in a commentary.

The TI boss termed Parliament’s move to sack EACC secretariat bosses an abuse of legislative authority.

On July 9, the National Assembly passed the EACC Bill that would dismiss the commission’s CEO Halakhe Waqo and his deputy Michael Mubea.

The bill also puts recruitment of EACC commissioners directly under the PSC.

“The National Assembly’s mandate is to legislate and provide oversight to commissioners, not the secretariat,” Kimeu said.

“Sacking the secretary and his deputy in the manner proposed is an abuse of Parliament’s legislative authority and will set a bad precedent.”

It is not clear whether Speaker Justin Muturi has sent the bill to the President for assent since it was passed on July 9.

According to the law, Uhuru should assent to a bill 14 days after receiving it, or refer it back to Parliament for reconsideration.