Politicians with integrity issues not off the hook yet

The offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) say politicians with criminal records set to vie for various elective seats in the August polls, are not yet off the hook.

The DPP Noordin Hajj and EACC chief executive, Twalib Mbarak resolved to find ways to ensure that they circumvent the loopholes exploited by the politicians in chapter six of the constitution to avert the possibility of being barred from vying for elective seats.

Speaking on the sidelines of the ongoing 4th regional conference of Africa, Indian Ocean and the East Africa Association of prosecutors in Mombasa, the two said they are aware of leaders linked to corruption, murder among other integrity issues, who are seeking elective posts.

“As a commission, we have tried, but our hands are tied. We know most of our leaders are not fit to vie for those positions, but the amendment of this section leaves a lot of loopholes that are being used to blackmail the commission,” Mbarak said.

However, the duo vowed to find avenues to bar those politicians from vying for elective seats adding they will work round the clock to push for justice and have a free and fair election.


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