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NCIC wants more powers equal to EACC and ODPP

The commission has opposed the suggestion to rename it to Ethics Commission.

In Summary

• NCIC said that placing the commission under the office of the president will take away its independence hence losing trust and credibility.

• It wants to be facilitated with more powers in order to prosecute the suspects just as the EACC and ODPP.

WARNING: NCIC chairman Rev. Samuel Kobia address the press on Friday, January 24, 2020. He warned politicians attending BBI rallies to desist from hateful and inflammatory speeches or be prosecuted./WILFRED NYANGARESI

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission has presented its recommendation to the Building Bridges Taskforce.

In a memorandum on Thursday to the taskforce, the commission seeks to strengthen its mandate in enforcing good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence in the country.

It wants to be facilitated with more powers in order to prosecute the suspects just as the EACC and ODPP.

 
 

The commission led by its chairperson Samuel Kobia has also opposed the report in the BBI recommendations to change its name from NCIC to Ethics Commission.

" Renaming of NCIC as ethics Commission to sit under the Office of the President whittles down the intentions and aspirations of the drafters of NCI Act," NCIC statement reads.

It further says that " placing the commission under the office of president will take away its independence hence losing trust and credibility".

It wants its name to be retained and strengthen its mandate by amending the current Act to bring all ethics issues into its ambit.

The commission also wants enforcement to recommendations of ethnic audits to promote inclusivity and shared prosperity.

The commission also seeks the review of and amendment of the current laws that establish the County Public Service Boards with a view of strengthening it to ensure they remain independent.

NCIC said it has developed a publication titled ‘Consultative Draft on the Minimum Standards and Principles for Recruitment to Ensure Inclusiveness and Diversity at the County Level’ which is used in sensitization and training forums.