The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) warned the electoral commission against clearing 241 aspirants for the August 9 General Election over integrity issues.
In a statement, the anti-graft agency asked the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to take into consideration the integrity issues before clearing the aspirants, among them, sitting and former governors and MPs.
EACC stated that the aspirants in question have cases in various courts or their files were before the commission. The list has already been submitted to the electoral commission and is currently being verified.
Among the key figures on EACC’s radar and whose names are being verified by IEBC are former Nairobi governors Mike Sonko and his predecessor Evans Kidero, Migori Governor Okoth Obado, former Garissa Governor Nathif Jama and former Nyandarua Governor Mwangi Waithaka.
Current governors on the list include Ali Korane (Garissa), Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) Fahim Twaha (Lamu), Dhadho Godana (Tana River) and Sospeter Ojamoong (Busia).
Other prominent names on the list include Chris Obure who is vying for the Kisii governor position.
MPs facing charges include Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), John Waluke (Sirisia), Oscar Sudi (Kapseret), Gladys Shollei (Uasin Gishu), Jonah Mburu (Lari), Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) and Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North).
Others are Nakuru Town East MP Samuel Arama and Didmus Barasa (Kimilili).
In the statement, EACC said: “The Commission has flagged out 241 persons with various outstanding integrity issues related to corruption and economic crime. EACC considers these persons to have fallen short of the moral and ethical standards stipulated for election to public office. EACC hopes that IEBC will make appropriate decisions guided by Constitutional Values and public interest.”
The commission further stated that the report to IEBC is limited to investigations and other law enforcement actions undertaken by the commission in respect of the listed aspirants.
The Commission further noted that the Chief Justice had constituted a bench to hear and determine the petitions filed in court seeking clarification of the law on the integrity threshold for elective office. Additionally, the commission stated that the fact that EACC does not have data relating to an aspirant does not mean the absence of outstanding integrity issues.
“EACC looks forward to the outcome of this court process to further inform IEBC decisions on the eligibility EACC looks forward to the outcome of this court process to further inform IEBC decisions on the eligibility of persons seeking election to public office,” stated the commission.