Ms Gladwell Otieno was yesterday forced to resign as the Executive Director of the local arm of the anti-graft watchdog, Transparency International.Otieno
was grilled for hours by a local TI board apparently uneasy with the way she
has run its business and seemingly intent on changing the trend.She
was then ordered to decide there and then whether to conform or quit.
appeared before the board, she
soon realised she
was not up for appraisal.She
was instead put on her
defence and asked to explain the recent saga of Sh750 million allegedly stashed overseas by a Cabinet minister.
told The Standard, "I wanted to think about it, but I was told to make up my mind there and then."She
added that she
was asked to ‘make a decision now, not tomorrow'.
In an exclusive interview at our I&M Bank Tower offices last night, Ms Otieno
said: "I've resigned, yes.
was of the view that irreconciliable fundamental differences between the board's perceived strategy to fight corruption and her
standpoint had made parting of ways inevitable. Last month, Otieno was involved in a run-in with the Cabinet after a report released by Transparency International Corruption Index alleged that a Kenyan Cabinet minister had stashed away Sh750 million.Incensed by the (TI) report, which Otieno quoted, the Government put the local TI boss on the spot and asked her to name the minister in question.
The issue degenerated into a heated debate in Parliament, when MPs' across the divide discussed her
, with Government leaning MPs demanding she
be arrested because of her
argued that it was not her
duty to publicly name the minister because that was not her
The Government had the capacity and mechanisms to investigate and root out corrupt government officials, she
told the MPs who were calling for her
Earlier in February, Otieno
found herself in a messy situation, when she
returned allowances paid to her
by the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Terming the Sh136,000 allowances scandalous, she
said: "I consider it a clumsy attempt by the Ministry of Justice to compromise me because I've made my stand on the sitting allowances clearly known."Instead, she offered the money to the newly started Starehe Girls Centre.
wishes to donate to Starehe Girls'
, she should do it from her personal funds and not from sources she deems as not credible," said Mrs Kibaki.
...Justice Permanent Secretary Dorothy Angote also accused Otieno of being dishonest and asked her to return the money to the Government.
"If indeed the payment to Ms Otieno
was not legitimate, and she
was therefore not entitled to it, it follows that no other party has or can have a legitimate right to it," said the PS. Last November, Otieno resigned from the Government as Vice-Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Steering Committee.Otieno assumed the position of Executive Director of TI (Kenya) from John Githongo in 2003.