Law team urges MPs to save integrity Bill

Written By Michael Maunda on Thursday, August 9, 2012 | 12:32 AM

The law implementation committee has urged MPs to reinstate clauses that were deleted by the Cabinet from the integrity Bill to provide for vetting of public officers.

The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution said the diluted Leadership and Integrity Bill annuls the moral and ethical standards expressed in the supreme law.

CIC member Kamotho Waiganjo said the Constitution required that any law on integrity should provide room for vetting of elected leaders and public officers.

“The Constitution requires a statute that has a mechanism for vetting of leaders,” he said of the Bill which prescribes the requirements without providing for organs to validate them.

The Integrity Bill is among eight proposed laws, which have to be enacted by Parliament by the end of this month to implement sections of the Constitution.

Others are Petition to Parliament Bill, Petition to County Assemblies Bill, Assumption of Office of President Bill, National Intelligence Service Bill, National Security Council Bill, Kenya Defence Forces Bill, and the Election Campaign Financing Bill.

The draft Integrity Bill provided for vetting of candidates seeking elective positions and people applying for top government jobs as required by Chapter Six of the Constitution. 

It also required the two sets of public officers to declare their wealth before assuming office.
However, the Cabinet last week deleted the clauses on vetting and declaration of wealth, paving the way for politicians and public officers to hold offices without scrutiny. 

This denies the anti-corruption commission and other agencies role in vetting those seeking public offices.
Source: Nation Madia