Can­di­date wants her ap­pli­ca­tion for EACC re­con­sid­ered

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

A woman seek­ing to chair the anti-graft body has said she was locked out of the job short­list for rais­ing in­tegrity ques­tions about one of the ap­pli­cants.

Wil­frida Itolondo says the in­di­vid­ual is a close friend of Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Mar­garet Ko­bia.

And now Dr Itolondo wants a court to is­sue an or­der stop­ping the on­go­ing re­cruit­ment process of the chair­per­son of the Ethics and Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion.

The post fell va­cant af­ter Philip Kin­isu re­signed over al­le­ga­tions that a com­pany linked to his fam­ily had busi­ness deal­ings with the National Youth Ser­vice.

Itolondo said she ap­plied for the job, which was ad­ver­tised on Septem­ber 7. On Oc­to­ber 10, the PSC re-ad­ver­tised the job, say­ing no per­son had qual­i­fied to pro­ceed to the next in­ter­views.

She says on Oc­to­ber 11, it was re­ported in one of the lo­cal dailies that none of the ap­pli­cants met the in­tegrity and ex­pe­ri­ence thresh­old.

But Itolondo says she has never had any in­tegrity is­sues. She says she wrote to the PSC de­mand­ing that it pub­lishes the names of the all 68 ap­pli­cants and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on why she did not qual­ify, but none was forth­com­ing.

The PSC later ad­vised her that upon com­ple­tion, the list of the ap­pli­cants would be pub­lished in the print me­dia and com­mis­sion web­site, Itolondo says.

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