Why new governors must sign EACC Integrity Codes upon inauguration


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Before taking the oath of office, governors-elect and their deputies will be required to sign and agree to the Integrity Codes.

On Thursday, August 25, Kenyans will witness their 45 newly elected governors take an integrity oath for the first time.

The guidelines were established by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to hold the authorities responsible and reduce the number of incidences of corruption that were seen under the previous administrations.

According to reports, the anti-graft agency stationed its officers all throughout the nation to observe the practice.

The integrity code is intended to bind the leaders to preserve high standards of integrity and abstain from the widespread corruption that has plagued county administrations.
The paperwork will be signed in front of Judicial Officers and EACC officials who will be present at all swearing-in events to witness, according to the EACC.

The signature of the Integrity Code, according to Twalib, is a vow and pledge by the State Officer that they would preserve integrity and not betray the people’s confidence while they carry out their responsibilities to the public.

Part II of the Leadership and Integrity Act of 2012 contains the Code.

All public officials must disclose their wealth within 30 days after taking office, according to Sections 26 and 27 of the Public Officer Ethics Act, 2003.

The EACC mandated that governors and their wives report their income, assets, and obligations for a lifestyle audit starting in 2019.
The top officials hired by the county public service boards would also be subject to the audit, according to EACC Chairman Eliud Wabukala, as a new strategy to combat corruption.

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