The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was established after Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki signed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act on 29 August 2011. The EACC replaced the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is all about gathering information on corruption occurring in government and the public Sector from a variety of sources.
These sources include members of the public, heads of government departments and agencies, officials working in both the public and private sectors and the media.
Functions of the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission
1. The Commission investigates corruption, economic crimes and violation of codes of ethics” particularly those named in Sec 39 to 45 of the Anti Corruption and Economic Crimes Act (ACECA) and the Leadership and Integrity Act (LIA).
2. Developing and overseeing the enforcement of the Codes of Conduct and Ethics.
3. Recovering of public property acquired through corruption.
4. Does File recovery proceedings.
5. Facilitates in the promotion of best practices on integrity.
6. Conducting mediation, conciliation and negotiation.
7. They help in Promoting standards and practices of integrity, ethics and anti-corruption.
Additional functions and powers of the commission are named in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2011 namely in Sec. 11 and Sec. 13.
EACC CEO and It’s Commissioners
Mr. Twalib Abdallah Mbarak is the new CEO of EACC, he took office after a swearing-in ceremony held at the Supreme Court of Kenya, on 14th January, 2019. He is the Commission’s second Secretary/Chief Executive Officer since EACC was established to replace the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in 2012. He took over from Mr. Halakhe Waqo whose Six-year tenure expired on 10th January 2019, in an event that was presided over by the Chief Justice Hon. David Maraga.
Commissioners Irene Keino and Prof. Jane K. Onsongo were appointed on 11 May 2012 to head the anti-graft agency.
Chairman Mumo Matemu was nominated by the Grand Coalition principals by then President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in 2012 to head the anti-graft agency alongside commissioners Irene Keino and Prof. Jane Onsongo.
The three have since resigned concurrently amid controversy that hit them in between April–May 2015.
In November 2015, President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated new members to head the agency.
Among those he appointed are Philip Kinusu as the commission’s chairperson alongside four other officials as commissioners.
The commissioners are Dabar Maalim, Paul Gachoka, Sophia Lepuchirit and Rose Macharia.
On 23rd January 2017, the former Head of the Anglican Church in Kenya, Archbishop (Rtd) Eliud Wabukala was sworn in as the third EACC Chairperson after being appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta , a position he holds to date.
1. Archbishop (Rtd) Eliud Wabukala – Chairperson
2. Sophia Lepuchirit – Vice-Chair
3. Dr. Dabar Abdi Maalim – Commissioner
4. Paul Mwaniki–Commissioner
5. Rose Mghoi Macharia – Commissioner
6.Twalib Abdallah Mubarak – CEO
1.Twalib Mubarak – Secretary CEO
2.Abdi Mohamoud Amed-Ag. Deputy CEO
3.David. K. Too- Director Legal Services Directorate
4.Lucy Kinuthia- Director, Ethics and Leadership Directorate
5 Vincent Okongo- Director, Preventive Services Directorate
6 Jackson Mue- Ag. Director, Field Services Directorate