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National Assembly approves Twalib Mbarak as new EACC Chair

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The National Assembly has approved the appointment of former military intelligence officer Twalib Mbarak as the Secretary and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ethics and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC).

The special motion to approve the nominee for the appointment of EACC CEO was moved by William Cheptumo who is the chair of the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.

While moving the motion, Cheptumo called on members of parliament to approve Mbarak, describing him as a man of integrity.

The leader of the majority in the National Assembly Adan Duale called on Mbarak not to let Kenyans down.

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He specifically asked him to start by cleaning the EACC Secretariat which he said was rotten to the core.

Duale also asked Twalib to establish a good working relationship with other organs fighting corruption if he is to win the fight.

Sentiments that were echoed by his minority counterpart John Mbadi who said focus should now be on ensuring enough evidence is gathered so as not to end up with cases that may be dismissed at the court.

Mbarak was also asked to ensure chapter six of the constitution is actively implemented.

Mbarak had earlier been approved by the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee to steer the EACC.

The committee chairperson and Baringo North MP William Cheptumo Tuesday morning tabled a report in the House that recommended Mbarak’s approval.

The committee found the nominee suitable for appointment to the position of Chief Executive Officer at the anti-graft agency for the next six years.

“The committee recommends that pursuant to the provision of Section 16 (1) of the EACC Act, the House approves the nomination of Mbarak for appointment as CEO of EACC by the appointing authority,” the report states in part.

 

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