By Derrick Kiplagat
A tribunal has been appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to probe Ethics and Anti-Corruption commissioners. The tribunal is expected to deliver a report after 60 days.
The tribunal, consisting of four members lead by retired High Court Judge Jonathan Bowen Havelock, was yesterday sworn in by Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga.
Addressing journalists after being sworn in, Justice Havelock acknowledged that there were dark clouds surrounding EACC Chair Mumo Matemu and Vice Chair Irene Keino’s leadership in the anti-corruption body. He said there was a need to clear any doubts in the public on the watchdog’s credibility.
“We must complete investigations as fast as possible and present the report to the President. We are aware of the task ahead of us and we will be done away with it soonest possible.” The absence of Mr Mumo Matemu and Ms Keino has brought anxieties from the public who claim it would hinder the progress of ongoing investigations, claims which have been rubbished on a number of occasions.
The other members of the tribunal are Issa Mansour, Margaret Shava and Juster Nkoroi. Attorney General Githu Muigai who was also in attendance had on Tuesday indicated that there would be no effect on the EACC by the temporary exit of two commissioners, a stand that had been raised by the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution which held that some operations would not be carried out without full members in attendance.
The President will have a month to react on the findings of the tribunal. The commission will , however, continue to receive half their salaries during their suspension. Justice Havelock stated that the team will get information from both the Parliament and the EACC over the two officials for detailed scrutiny and will also have to question the two before preparing the final report.