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Irene Keino has resigned as a commissioner of the Ethics-Anti corruption Commission (EACC).In a letter to the president, the EACC deputy chair says her decision is informed by the need to protect her family from the pain of a Judicial process.

His resignation comes on the day formed to investigate her and her chair Mumo Matemu was being sworn in. This move effectively blocks the tribunal sworn in from investigating her.

Last week the EACC chairman Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino were suspended after parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office.

Here is her full statement:

”In the words of my mentor Eleanor Roosevelt the distinguished first Lady and wife to the 32nd President of the United States…. “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” The commission and I have found ourselves in the proverbial hot water that has characterized the war on corruption in the past. Although, I have enjoyed the privilege and honour of serving the Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, the Government and People of Kenya, this is no longer tenable. For the avoidance of doubt, Public Service should always compliment and support the public interest. So even if, certain events causes one personal pain and anguish, the cardinal principle of the greater good should prevail. Given that the National Assembly and His Excellency, the President have inquired into my suitability and integrity through the formation of a tribunal, I feel that to continue serving on the board and holding this office is not useful without the full confidence of all stakeholders. Therefore, I wish to confirm today, that I have resigned with immediate effect from the EACC. I have done so in order to spare my family the anguish of a judicial process that will cause them unimaginable pain and also to lend my support in the fight against corruption. Although, I would have been pleased to step aside for a full public inquiry into any of the allegations made against me, I opt to resign because, Kenya can never win the war against corruption without personal sacrifice. My conscience is clear and I am not bitter. I wish the President well in the difficult task ahead of him and the country.”

Ms. Irene Keino, MBS

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CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

CORD leaders at the Bomas Of Kenya for the launch of the ‪#‎OkoaKenya‬ Bill

Today the Orange Democratic Movement today launches the #OkoaKenya referendum campaign at the Bomas of Kenya. Cord leader Raila Odinga and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Mr Moses Wetang’ula are present at the function are leading the launch.

Cord has twice postponed the launch with the first was being in February, when the government switched off the main TV channels to compel them to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting. The second one was two weeks ago in honour of 148 people killed by Al-Shabaab terrorists at Garissa University College.

One of the top twitter trend in Kenya right now is #OkoaKenya and Kenyans are expressing themselves on why the initiative is necessary.

One thing is clear though, as a country we are really headed in the wrong direction. Tribalism, Insecurity, Corruption continue to drag us back. The people who are supposed to be helping us protecting us from such evils are the same people contributing to to this evils.

In terms of security, terrorism continues to see many lives being lost in the country. A recent case being the Garissa University attack which saw 147 innocent student being massacred by Alshabaab militia groups. The blame fell on top security officers in the county with recent revelations showing how these top officials collaborate with the terror groups, allowing them to sneak into the country and move freely.

Corruption also continues to be another big vice. Top government officials including governors and Members of parliament have been linked to big corruption scandals in the country. In fact, just the other day, the president while making a state of the Nation address in parliament ordered government officials who had been implicated in corruption scandals to step down to allow for investigations, some of them actually stepped down while some have been busy visiting the anti-corruption commission to shade light on the allegations that have been made against them.

The presidents order might not have  not gone well with Members of Parliament. The same fate that befell previous heads of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has befallen the current chair Mumo Matemu and his deputy Irene Keino.

This week parliament adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended that the two be removed from office and on Thursday (today) President Uhuru Kenyatta suspended the two from their offices pending a tribunal hearing.

This begs the question, how committed are our leaders, including the president himself committed in fighting corruption. Robert Alai, a Kenyan blogger asked a very good question this morning on his social media pages. ”You launch #ListOfShame and ask EACC to investigate the suspects within one month , then you disband EACC in 2 weeks” and this is what many Kenyans just like Alai are wondering.

When are leaders implicated in corruption ever going to be prosecuted in this country? Corruption has seen us being attacked by terrorists simply because some security officer somewhere in Garissa took a bribe to allow the terrorists walk freely into the country.

Now that CORD is launching Okoa Kenya, we have so many things that we as a country need to be ”Okoad” from. Starting with corruption, tribalism/Ethnicity, insecurity among many others, but who will do it?

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