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Why an Administration Policeman wants Prof Jane Onsongo of EACC removed from office as a Commissioner

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THE STAR– An Administration Police constable has filed a petition in Parliament seeking the removal of Prof Jane Onsongo from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

In the petition, copied to the Commission on the Administration of Justice among other agencies, Joshua Momanyi also claims that his job is under threat, “for standing for what is right”.

The officer has already been transferred to Turkana, after he allegedly refused to run errands for the EACC commissioner.

The father of three also claims that he has been thrown out of his official house after he questioned his transfer. He says he was initially transferred to Nakuru, but this was rescinded when he questioned the move. He was later transferred to Athi River, before being sent to Turkana.

He says in the letter that Prof Onsongo should be removed from office for gross misconduct and for violating the constitution. Momanyi says he was seconded to the Commission in 2006 as part of a security detail to offer VIP protection. He started working for Onsongo in May 2012, but only lasted until March 11, 2014. This was after he allegedly questioned some of the jobs and irregular dealings he was asked to perform on behalf of the commissioner.

Among the duties the officer complained that he was forced to do for Onsongo were shopping and supervising the construction of a house in Karen during official hours.

Momanyi says that he would run the errands using official vehicles. He has attached photos of himself buying building materials from a hardware shop and dropping them at the construction site in Karen.

“Further to the foregoing, Commissioner Onsongo would occasionally instruct us to pick up and drop off unauthorised personnel using her official vehicles in stark contravention of the government directive on the use of government vehicles,” part of the petition reads.

He says that Onsongo would assign him and her driver duties that would ordinarily be performed by her assistants. His letter of appointment reads that he is to provide security to the commissioner, detect and prevent crime and enhance the safety of the commissioner and any other duty that might be assigned to him.

Onsongo was unavailable for comment when the Star tried to contact her.

The officer, however, said that the “other duties” clause in his letter of appointment do not include buying and fixing electrical goods at her house as well as doing plumbing works.

EACC chairman Mumo Matemu acknowledges, in a memo, receiving the petition sent by Momanyi to CAJ.

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