Uhuru, Raila lead presidential hopefuls in declaring wealth to EACC

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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 17 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM’s Raila Odinga are among eleven presidential aspirants who have submitted their self-wealth declaration forms to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

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Speaking during the unveiling of a partnership with faith-based organisation, EACC Chairperson Archbishop Retired Eliud Wabukala said the Commission will conduct a background check on the information submitted to ensure candidates meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution and Section 13 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.

President Kenyatta will be seeking a second term on a Jubilee Party while Odinga will fly the flag on behalf of the super opposition outfit, NASA.

The Commission had in April this year said candidates aspiring for various elective seats in the forthcoming polls will be required to submit self declaration forms to the EACC to facilitate their clearance.

Wabukala said EACC will strictly abide by the law when determining the suitability or otherwise of those vying in the August 8th General Election.

READ: What you must do to get EACC clearance for August polls

Among questions contained in the declaration form include; whether or not one has ever engaged in any kind of dishonest in conduct of public affairs, abused a public office, misrepresented information to the public, engaged in wrongful conduct whilst in furtherance of personal benefit and whether one has ever misused public resources.

Other questions focus on discrimination, falsification of official or personal records, de-registration from professional bodies, revocation of occupational of vocational license, dismissal on account of lack of integrity, failure by holders of public office to declare income, assets and liabilities as required by Public Officer Ethics Act of 2003, conviction and sentencing for at least six months and whether or not an aspirant has ever been denied a certificate of good conduct or visa.

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