EACC arrests ex-provincial official for hiring daughter

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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) arrested Alfred Wafula Weswa, former Majority Leader of the Trans Nzoia County Assembly, for employing his daughter.

Weswa was arrested on Thursday, November 17 and arraigned before the Kitale Anti-Corruption Court.

“It is alleged that Alfred Wafula Weswa abused his office as Majority Leader and member of the Kitale County Assembly Service Board when he participated in the interview and employment of his daughter.

“He was then committee secretary in the County Assembly and has not made his interest public, as required by law,” EACC told the Kitale Anti-Corruption Court.

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EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak after presenting a check to the Kenya Covid-19 Fund on April 28, 2020.

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EACC further indicated that on August 31, 2015, the Defendant failed to arouse his interest and participated in the deliberations regarding his daughter’s shortlist for the position of Committee Secretary 1.

Some of the laws Wafula was accused of breaking included the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act 2003 and the Leadership and Integrity Act 2012.

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The Leadership and Integrity Act 2012 dictates the principles of leadership and governance. It requires every state official to respect and comply with the Constitution and the law.

While the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003 provides a legal framework to guide the fight against corruption and economic crimes in Kenya.

However, he denied the allegations against him. His case will be heard on December 7, 2022.

The former district staff were allowed bail of Ksh 300,000 or cash bail of Ksh 100,000.

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Notably, several government officials have been accused of employing members of their families without being passed through proper channels.

Recently Kawira Mwangaza, governor of Meru province, was on the receiving end after bringing several members of her family into the provincial government.

Her husband, Murega Baichu, was reportedly appointed to two positions without pay or compensation.

A collage of Meru County Governor Kawira Mwangaza and her husband Murega Baichu, Friday, September 30, 2022

A collage of Meru County Governor Kawira Mwangaza and her husband Murega Baichu, Friday, September 30, 2022

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