The Government came under stinging criticism from the High Court over
its appointment of Mumo Matemu as director of the Ethics and
Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
A three-judge bench nullified Matemu’s appointment and said President
Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Parliament ignored concerns
raised about Matemu’s suitability for the office. The bench appointed by
Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said said the Executive and MPs failed to
investigate Matemu’s integrity and competence and opted for political
expediency to push his name through.
Justices Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, and Mumbi Ngugi stated there was no
doubt allegations raised against Matemu were serious and would prejudice
any reasonable person’s thinking regarding his integrity or suitability
to head the commission.
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