Transparency International Executive Director Samuel Kimeu-FILE
BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,8TH JUNE,2017-The Kenya National Integrity Alliance wants The independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC to bar the 106 politicians found to have integrity issues by the Ethics and anti-graft commission EACC frop participating in the August 8th Elections.
The Alliance on Thursday argued that unless the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) could contradict the evidence presented by the ethics body, then the 106 suspects should not be cleared to be on the ballot paper.
The Transparency International executive director Samuel Kimeu said the IEBC has the moral and constitutional duty not to gazette the aspirants they said are a blot to the implementation of the Constitution’s ambitious Chapter Six.
“Even though the certificates have been issued, we know the final list of candidates that will be on the ballot is yet to be gazetted by the IEBC,” explained Samuel Kimeu.
“Only those candidates of unquestionable integrity should be cleared to run for office in August.”
The alliance, made up of TI-Kenya, Society for International Development (SID), Mzalendo Trust and Inuka Ni Sisi, had released names of 20 politicians they said should never have been cleared by the IEBC.
The IEBC received their nomination papers between May 28 and July 2.
The Ethics and Anti-corruption (EACC) then released to the IEBC names of 106 individuals it said had integrity issues in its files.
Of the 106, those that the EACC is investigating are 11 running for governor, one for Senate, two for County Woman Representative, 13 for MP, and 14 for the Member of the County Assembly.
Those that have pending cases, according to the EACC data by the IEBC shows, are six governor, two Senate, one woman representative, nine MP, and 23 MCA hopefuls.
Mr Kimeu insisted Thursday that implementation of Chapter Six was a requirement for all Kenyans.