HIS DEPARTURE COULD COST TAX PAYERS KSH 150 MILLION.
Justice Aaron Ringera could throw in the towel as early as on Wednesday.
The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission Director is believed to have a date on Tuesday with President Kibaki, who reappointed him to a second five-year term, to discuss his options. His departure would, however, cost taxpayers a cool Sh150 million — the amount he would have earned were he to serve the full term.
A clause in his contract requires that he be paid for its entire period should it be terminated for any reason other than his own volition. Sources privy to negotiations on his exit from the anti-graft body say Justice Ringera may be headed back to the Judiciary where he would take up a job in the Court of Appeal.
One set of succession planners have been lobbying Deputy Director Fatuma Sichale to stay put until a fresh team is appointed to take over. The source said important and sensitive files, which have been under investigation by both Sichale and Ringera were being held confidentially before they are handed over.
KACC was last night in a dilemma on what would happen to highly sensitive files in the event that both Ringera and Sichale quit since these are only entrusted with the director and his deputy.
Our source, said Ringera and Sichale had packed most of their personal belongings at the weekend and the staff attached to them redeployed in a move that was read to set the stage for the exit. It is believed the urgency of resolving this matter, which has drawn unparalleled international interest, was given momentum by reports that Garsen MP Danson Mungatana was publishing a proposed Bill seeking to have KACC disbanded altogether.
Ringera, whose reappointment was made without resort to Parliament and KACC’s Advisory Board, was last evening said to be readying for a meeting with President Kibaki. Let us just wait and see what decision he will make – After all he will get his Ksh.150million either way.
IS IT ABOUT TIME?