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Probe Njiraini, PS over Uhuru fete, urges LSK

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) now wants two senior government officers to be investigated for allegedly participating in a fundraiser for Jubilee presidential candidate President Uhuru Kenyatta.

LSK President Isaac Okero said yesterday Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Commissioner General John Njiraini and Energy Principal secretary Joseph Njoroge could have breached Leadership and Integrity Act and the Public Officer Ethics Act during a fundraiser at a Nairobi hotel which raised at least Sh1 billion last weekend.

In a statement, Okero urged the Public Service Commission (PSC) to invoke Section 3 (3) of the Public Officer Ethics Act and Section 4 of the Public Service Commission Act which mandates it to establish whether, or not, Njiraini and Njoroge acted in violation of the law.

He said given that the reports have been made public during a campaign period, and less than 60 days before the August poll, it would be important for PSC to take action so that the two can shed light on the matter.

And since they have not made any statements to deny the reports, Okero said it is important they be investigated. “It is, in my view, of paramount importance for the purposes of preventing erosion of public confidence in the institutions of their respective offices and departments of State, that both said officers be the subject of investigations by PSC, in the discharge of its mandate under section 3(3),” he added.

Njiraini and Njoroge’s participation in the exclusive dinner cum fundraiser was widely reported by a section of the press and the same has been raising public concern for the last three days.

The two are said to have been introduced as members of a technical committee of a lobby associated with the said political party and its presidential candidate.

“As one would expect, this report is causing great public consternation as it describes actions that amount to misconduct on the part of the two officials by their breach of constitutional values and principles of public service and by their violation of statutory requirements for political neutrality imposed on state and public officers of their rank and position,” said Okero.

He said the two could have violated Section 23 of the Leadership and Integrity Act and section 16 of the Public Officer Ethics Act. “They are hereby in breach of sections 3, 7, 8, 16 and 32 of the Leadership and Integrity Act and of Sections 12 and 20 of the Public Officer Ethics Act,” he added.

This came even as the President is reported to have asked campaign donors not to hedge their bets by funding him and his political rivals ahead of this year’s General Election. The invite-only fundraiser, which was meant to bolster the President’s re-election campaign kitty, brought together top entrepreneurs in the country and senior government officials at a city hotel.

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