The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak has advised the Nairobi County Assembly and its Governor Anne Kananu to recant the appointment of Paul Mutunga as Deputy Governor.
In a letter addressed to the City county Speaker Benson Mutura dated November 29, the EACC chief stated that Mutunga cannot assume the office of the Deputy Governor since he was charged at Milimani Law Courts with four corruption offences committed in the Nairobi county government.
According to Mbarak, Mutunga was first charged with “unlawful acquisition of public property contrary to section 45(1)(a) as read with section 48 of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Act no.3 of 2003”.
Charge two was money Laundering contrary to Section 3 as read with Section 16(1))(a) of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act,2009.
Three, conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption contrary to Section 47A(3) as read with section 48 of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.
Fourth, dealing with Suspect property contrary to Section 47(2) (a) as read with sections 47(1) and 4B(1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.
The anti-graft commission has now advised the City county assembly not to approve the nomination of Mutunga.
“In view of the above the commission objects the nomination of Mr Mutunga as the Deputy Governor and advises the Assembly and the Governor to reconsider the nomination,” EACC advised.
Prior to his appointment on November 17, Mutunga was the chief of staff at the City county government.
He previously served as a councillor for the Mbotela ward.