“Declare wealth within 30 days,” EACC to those joining public service

The Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) has drawn attention of all persons joining the public service to Sections 26 and 27 of the Public Officer Ethics Act on the mandatory requirement to declare their wealth within 30 days of assuming office.

The commission which is mandated to combat and prevent corruption and promote ethics and integrity in Kenya said failure to declare or making a false declaration is a criminal offense.

“A person who fails to submit a declaration or clarification required, or makes a false declaration is guilty of an offense and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding KES. 1 million or up to 1 year imprisonment or both,” Section 32 of the Public Officer Ethics Act states.

The notice by EACC comes at a time when a number of Kenyans are joining public service, more so those elected for the first term in the just concluded August 9 elections.

The Public servants are required by law to reveal their incomes, bank deposits and assets such as land, buildings and vehicles once every two years. The declaration must also capture the wealth of their spouses and children below 18 years.


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