•The probe follows claims over abuse of office and appointment of assistant chief in Kisumu West subcounty.
• The DCC was invited to appear before the EACC officers to present the document and record his statements at the commission’s regional office.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating the alleged irregular appointment of an assistant chief in Kisumu county.
The probe follows claims over abuse of office and appointment of assistant chief in Kisumu West subcounty.
In a letter seen by Star, the Kisumu West subcounty deputy county commissioner Maurice Wanyonyi has been requested to avail information and documents related to the recruitment of the assistant chief.
The EACC wants Wanyonyi to provide the advertisement for the position, a list of applicants, application letters and documents by candidates and shortlisted candidates for the position.
To facilitate the investigation, the commissioner should also submit to the commission interview schedules, a list of interviewees, interview minutes and score sheets.
The anti-graft agency also wants to be furnished with the procedure of installation of a successful candidate and personal employment file including an appointment letter for the successful candidate.
In a letter dated January 26, 2024, the DCC was invited to appear before the EACC officers to present the document and record his statements at the commission’s regional office.
The DPP also wrote to the commission to probe the matter after receiving a complaint letter from advocates.
“Having carefully gone through the letter it is our understanding that the issues raised fall within your mandate,” the letter dated January 12, 2024 reads in parts.
On December 5, 2023, a women's group CBO filed a petition against the process and appointment of the chief citing irregularity.
The petitioner Rose Onoka alleged that women who emerged as top three during the interview on July 13, 2023, were shortchanged.
She questioned why none of the top candidates was appointed for the assistant chief position, saying the person who was installed never applied for the position.
“We want the best candidate to be appointed. There is evidence that someone altered or influenced the process of recruitment and appointment,” Onoka said.