The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has warned teachers against opening offshore bank accounts without the approval of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
In a circular dated November 14, the commission noted that teachers will have violated the constitution if they do not seek approval from the anti-corruption body .
“Article 76 (2) of the Constitution and Section 19 of the Leadership and Integrity Act provides that, “a State Officer shall not open or continue to operate a bank account outside Kenya without the approval of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).” TSC CEO Dr Nancy Macharia noted
TSC employees with offshore accounts are required to submit their annual bank account statements to EACC not later than 31st January of each succeeding year and upon closure, to notify and furnish the EACC with evidence of such closure within 30 days.
” That as per the provisions of Article 80 (c) of the Constitution read with Section 19 (4) and 52 of the Leadership and Integrity Act, you are required to strictly comply with the above provisions as the same is applicable to you by virtue of being public officers.” she stated.
The TSC boss noted that the requirements apply to all bank accounts opened and controlled by either state or public officers outside Kenya including those accounts opened for temporary purposes such as facilitation of travel, education or medical treatment.
Applications for such approval can be made through EACC’s website on https://adili.eacc.go.ke or through email email@example.com.