Abdalla Mbarak is poised to succeed Halakhe Waqo as the chief executive officer the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC).
He was picked from 14 applicants who had been shortlisted for the 71, who had expressed interest in the post. The incumbent, Waqo, who is set to retire in January after serving a six-year non-renewable term, took office in 2013.
At the same time the government has confirmed Daniel Manduku as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director. The confirmation signed by Transport Cabinet secretary James Macharia was published in the Kenya Gazette. Manduku has been acting since May after the sacking of Catherine of Mturi-Wairi.
In the EACC interviews that kicked off on Tuesday and conducted by the Public Service Commission (PSC), Mbarak, a former military intelligence officer, emerged victor after beating among others the current deputy CEO Micheal Mubea, Humprey Okuku Nakitari, Murshid Abdalla Mohamed, Lucy Wanja Kinuthia, Joel Lusweti and Vincent Omari Okongo.
The others were Abdi Ahmed Mohamud, Cyrus Odhiambo Oguna, Reuben Kipkemoi Chirchir, Chege Thenya Muchiri, Jillo Alexi Kasse, Sarah Mwakiuna Kilemi and James Mungai Warui.
The Commission had last month invited applicants for the position of the Secretary to the Commission, pursuant to Article 250(12) of the Constitution and EACC Act No 22 of 2011. Mbarak now awaits to be cleared by the National Assembly.