EACC wants IEBC to bar 241 aspirants from forthcoming election

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By Kenya Confidential Awareness Desk, Nairobi – June 1, 2022

EACC wants the group locked out of the August elections for corruption-related cases.

In Summary 

  • EACC wants the group locked out of the August elections for graft-related reasons.
  • The anti-graft body said the flagging follows an integrity verification process undertaken by the Commission with respect to 21,863 persons seeking registration as candidates for various political positions.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has flagged a total of 241 aspirants seeking elective seats in the August 9 elections as unfit to vie for public office.

EACC wants the group locked out of the August elections over corruption-related reasons.

The anti-graft body said the flagging follows an integrity verification process undertaken by the Commission with respect to 21,863 persons seeking registration as candidates for various political positions.

“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.”

In a letter to the IEBC, EACC wants 2 presidential aspirants and one presidential running mate denied clearance. 54 candidates had expressed interest in the presidency.

Usawa Kwa Wote Presidential aspirant Mwangi Wa Iria is among those EACC wants locked out of the race.

“The Commission received and investigated allegations of obstructing EACC investigators and destruction of evidence when executing a search warrant. Investigations established that the Aspirant was culpable,” EACC said on Wa Iria unsuitability to vie.

Justus Zachous Onyango Juma who is seeking the presidency on Justice and Freedom Party ticket has also failed the EACC’s integrity test.

Republican Party Presidential running mate Matayo Jared Obwogi has also been red-carded by the EACC.

A total of 61 governor and deputy governor candidates have also been fingered by the EACC.

Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru and  Former Nairobi Governors Evans Kidero and Mike Mbuvi Sonko are among the notable names EACC has blacklisted for the governor seats.

Kidero is eyeing the Homa Bay governor seat while Sonko has thrown his hat in the ring for Mombasa’s.

Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has also failed the EACC’s integrity test.

For those seeking Senate seats, EACC wants IEBC to block Migori Governor Okotha Obado (Migori), Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka (Kisii), Paul Karungo Thangwa (Kiambu), Mbogo Lilian Muthoni Wanjiru (Embu), Chelumo Benjamin Kai (Kilifi) and Mungata Danson Buya (Tana River) from vying.

Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Boss Shollei has also been listed as those who should not be cleared in the list of 19 blacklisted in the Woman rep category.

EACC has at the same time flagged a total of 58 aspirants seeking to be elected as Members of the national assembly.

Among them are Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong (Teso South), Sirisia MP John Waluke, Samuel Arama (Nakuru East),  Governor Alfred Mutua Nganga (Mwala) and MP Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) among others.

EACC has also blacklisted 94 Members of county assemblies.

EACC BOSS: Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak.
Image: FILE 

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has flagged a total of 241 aspirants seeking elective seats in the August 9 elections as unfit to vie for public office.

EACC wants the group locked out of the August elections for graft-related reasons.

The anti-graft body said the flagging follows an integrity verification process undertaken by the Commission with respect to 21,863 persons seeking registration as candidates for various political positions.

“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.”

In a letter to the IEBC, EACC wants 2 presidential aspirants and one presidential running mate denied clearance. 54 candidates had expressed interest in the presidency.

Usawa Kwa Wote Presidential aspirant Mwangi Wa Iria is among those EACC wants locked out of the race.

“The Commission received and investigated allegations of obstructing EACC investigators and destruction of evidence when executing a search warrant. Investigations established that the Aspirant was culpable,” EACC said on Wa Iria unsuitability to vie.

Justus Zachous Onyango Juma who is seeking the presidency on Justice and Freedom Party ticket has also failed the EACC’s integrity test.

Republican Party Presidential running mate Matayo Jared Obwogi has also been red-carded by the EACC.

A total of 61 governor and deputy governor candidates have also been fingered by the EACC.

Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru and  Former Nairobi Governors Evans Kidero and Mike Mbuvi Sonko are among the notable names EACC has blacklisted for the governor seats.

Kidero is eyeing the Homa Bay governor seat while Sonko has thrown his hat in the ring for Mombasa’s.

Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki has also failed the EACC’s integrity test.

For those seeking Senate seats, EACC wants IEBC to block Migori Governor Okotha Obado (Migori), Kitutu Chache MP Richard Onyonka (Kisii), Paul Karungo Thangwa (Kiambu), Mbogo Lilian Muthoni Wanjiru (Embu), Chelumo Benjamin Kai (Kilifi) and Mungata Danson Buya (Tana River) from vying.

Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Boss Shollei has also been listed as those who should not be cleared in the list of 19 blacklisted in the Woman rep category.

EACC has at the same time flagged a total of 58 aspirants seeking to be elected as Members of the national assembly.

Among them are Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojamong (Teso South), Sirisia MP John Waluke, Samuel Arama (Nakuru East),  Governor Alfred Mutua Nganga (Mwala) and MP Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills) among others.

EACC has also blacklisted 94 Members of county assemblies.

Meanwhile, The antigraft commission has filed a suit to recover Sh11.1 million and land parcels from a clerical officer at the Ministry of Education.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) reported that Joshua Momanyi of the State Department of Early Learning and Basic Education acquired the money by funding a non-existent secondary school.

The Commission said Momanyi funded a non-existent Mundeku Secondary School in Khwisero Sub-County, Kakamega County, between August 2017 and September 2018.

During that period, Momanyi was charged with preparing the schedules of all schools that were to benefit from Free Day Secondary Education funds.

Upon receiving the report of a possible graft scheme, EACC conducted an investigation and found that Mundeku was not a registered school.

“This is further collaborated by D1 who says Oxford University Press could not locate the school in Khwisero,” EACC said.

The Commission also found that the Equity Bank account used to receive the total Sh11,131,305,53 was opened and managed by the clerical officer.

EACC further discovered a KCB Bank account where some of the money from Equity was transferred is also managed by Momanyi.

Upon further probing, two land parcels which were bought with the stolen money from Equity and KCB were found, in Komarock and Mavoko town respectively.

“Further financial investigations revealed that he also purchased a motor vehicle Registration Number KCP 186L from Kencarz Ltd at a sale price of Sh2,500,000 payable by instalments. At the time of the investigations, he had paid Sh2,350,000,” the Commission said.