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Man set to be EACC boss has wealth of military intelligence

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By BRIAN OKINDA
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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has nominated former military intelligence officer Twalib Abdallah Mbarak as its new CEO.

If approved by the National Assembly, Mr Mbarak will replace Mr Halakhe Waqo, whose six-year non-renewable tenure at the helm of the EACC is coming to an end.

The new EACC CEO designate is an individual who has largely kept out of the public eye and there are things about him that many people do not know.

Mr Mbarak served in the Kenyan military from 1984 to 1999, where he worked as an infantry officer and later joined the military intelligence until his retirement as a major.

He later joined the National Intelligence Services until 2006.

Mr Mbarak later served with the EACC until 2010 when he joined power generating firm KenGen, and worked as the security and integrity manager from 2012 until now.

He has trained in intelligence in Kenya, Germany, South Africa, the United States, and Britain.

He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, where he studied from 2004 to 2009, and holds Master of Arts degree in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies from the same institution.

Besides, he is also a certified security management professional having trained at the International Security Management Institute of the United Kingdom.

Mr Mbarak is also a regular guest columnist on security matters with the Daily Nation.

His name will be forwarded to the National Assembly for vetting and approval.

If sanctioned, Mr Mbarak will take over from Mr Waqo who took charge of the office in January 2013.

According to EACC, they received 71 applications for the position out of which 14 candidates were shortlisted and invited for interviews between November 27 and 29, 2018.

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