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Kenya corruption fighter rejected

By on September 17, 2009

Kenyan MPs have thrown out a proposal by the president to reappoint a much-criticised anti-corruption chief.

President Mwai Kibaki had intended to give retired judge Aaron Ringera a second five-year-term as head of the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission.
However, MPs said the proposal was illegal as they had not approved it.

The BBC’s Wairimu Gitahi in Nairobi says Mr Ringera has come under fire from Kenyans for not doing enough to tackle corruption.

Mr Kibaki promised to stop corruption when he was elected, but no senior officials have been convicted since he first took office in 2002.

Mr Ringera’s reappointment earlier this month was also criticised by campaigners and critics.

The KACC head is Kenya’s best paid civil servant, earning 2.5m shillings ($34,000; £21,000) a month – more than the president.

He has previously defended the lack of convictions by saying he does not have the powers to prosecute those accused of corruption.


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