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Vol 50 No 19

Published 25th September 2009


Kenya

The row over Aaron Ringera

The reappointment of the anti-corruption chief opens a rift between Parliament and President Mwai Kibaki as top politicians come under fire

For the first time in Kenya's history, Parliament has voted to reject a presidential order, duly noted in the official Gazette. At stake is the survival both of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission and of President Mwai Kibaki's government. The President's order was to reappoint the KACC chief, Justice Aaron Ringera. As pressure mounted on the Judge to resign, pro-Kibaki ministers publicly vowed that the appointment would be maintained and his ally, Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, quietly juggled with a bill whose rejection would starve the Commission of resources.

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