All 68 ap­pli­cants for EACC chair are short on in­tegrity

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

It is now very clear that Kenya is in dire need of men and women of in­tegrity. This fol­lows the re-ad­ver­tise­ment of the po­si­tion of EACC chair­man. None of the 68 were qual­i­fied. The hir­ing panel, led by Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion chair Mar­garet Ko­bia, said none met the min­i­mum re­quire­ments. The po­si­tion fell va­cant af­ter Philip Kin­isu, ac­cused of con­flict of in­ter­est ,hav­ing be­ing one of the sup­pli­ers in the scan­dalous NYS, re­signed. Another in­tegrity is­sue. The Con­sti­tu­tion re­quires that any ap­pli­cant should have a de­gree from a recog­nised univer­sity and have h knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of not less than 15 years. I don’t think the bar was set too high for the ap­pli­cant be­cause the above re­quire­ments are achiev­able. The un­der­ly­ing is­sue is in­tegrity, or lack of it. Many peo­ple might posses the re­quired ex­pe­ri­ence but fall short of the in­tegrity thresh­old with­out any record of cor­rup­tion.

JOE MIRINGU Via email

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