The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has opposed the nomination of Paul Mutunga as Nairobi’s deputy governor.
This comes barely a week after the Nairobi County Assembly vetted and approved Mutunga’s nomination.
In a letter dated 29th November and signed by EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak, the commission stated that Mutungi has pending graft cases in court thus is not fit for the role.
“It has come to our attention of the Commission that the County Assembly is considering the nomination of Paul Mutunga Mutungi to the position of Deputy Governor. The commission wishes to bring to your attention that the nominee was charged in Milimani Anti- Court, file number ACC8/2019 with corruption offences committed in Nairobi County Government,” read part of the letter.
Mbarak also disclosed that Mutunga is facing other charges including unlawful acquisition of public property.
“The offences committed include money laundering contrary to Section 3 as read with Section 16(1)(a) of the proceeds of crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2009, and Conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption contrary to Section 47A(3) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No.3 of 2003,” he said.
The commission has asked the County Assembly and Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu to reconsider the nomination of a different candidate who would uphold high standards of integrity and ethical conduct while discharging public duty.
“In the view of the above, the commission objects to the nomination of Mr Mutunga as the Deputy Governor and advises the Assembly and the Governor to reconsider the nomination,” said Mbarak.
Kananu nominated Mutunga on 17th November, a day after she was sworn in as Nairobi’s third governor.