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February 21, 2018

EACC raises integrity issues against Munya, Yattani after vetting

Former Meru Governor Peter Munya during his vetting for the position of Cabinet Secretary in the East African Community and Northern Corridor Development ministry, February 8, 2018. /JACK OWUOR
Former Meru Governor Peter Munya during his vetting for the position of Cabinet Secretary in the East African Community and Northern Corridor Development ministry, February 8, 2018. /JACK OWUOR

Peter Munya and Ukur Yattani's nominations to the Cabinet hang in the balance as the EACC has raised integrity concerns against them. 

They served as governors of Meru and Marsabit counties respectively from 2013 to 2017.

In a report to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, the commission noted the two have pending integrity issues raised during their terms as county bosses.

"The EACC indicated that they had received allegations against Munya who was nominated as the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community and Northern Corridor Development and Yattani who was nominated to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection," the report read.

On January 31, the Clerk of the National Assembly wrote to police, HELB, KRA and the anti-corruption agency requesting reports on nominees, on matters touching on integrity, tax compliance political affiliations and loan repayments.

Muturi said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission could not establish specific allegations against the two and that they had not been found culpable.

Munya and Yattani appeared before the 21-member Appointments committee last week and defended their capability to hold the offices.

While Munya said he will be willing to step aside and allow investigations if he's implicated in any integrity issues, Yattani said all the accusations against him were witch-hunt propelled by his political opponents.

“I assure this committee that I fully understand chapter six and that I will immediately follow the law and step aside if found culpable on integrity issues. As a leader, I am not an exception to the law," Munya said.

Yattani promised to champion workers rights if appointed.

More on this: I'll step aside if my integrity is questioned, Munya says at vetting

Also read: Cabinet vetting: Labour nominee Ukur Yatani says will champion workers' rights

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