Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has opened investigations against eight MPs, two Senators and a former MP who are accused of holding dual citizenship.
The leaders include National Assembly Majority Leader and Garissa Town MP Aden Duale, who allegedly has Kenyan and Somali citizenship.
Other MPs accused of holding dual citizenship include Kamukunji MP Yusuf Hassan Abdi (Kenya and UK), Marsabit Woman Representative Safia Sheikh Adan (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia), Mandera South MP Man Haji Ali (Kenya and Somalia), and Daadab MP Mohammed Dahir Duale (Kenya and Somalia).
Others are Lagdera MP Mohammed Garane (Kenya and Somalia), Mwingi West MP Charles Ngusya Nguna (Greece and Kenya) and Naivasha MP Jane Kihara (Kenya and US).
Narok Senator Ledama Olekina and his Nakuru counterpart Susan Kihika are accused of holding both Kenyan and US citizenship. Former Kibwezi MP Phillip Kaloki is also suspected to be holding US citizenship.
In a statement on Thursday, EACC said it had commenced a probe into the matter after a lobby group, Kenyans for Justice and Development (KEJUDE), which is headed by activist Okiya Omtatah wrote to the anti-graft agency this week seeking to have the leaders investigated for being dual citizens.
“EACC has launched investigations to verify these allegations with a view to taking appropriate action against the Public Officers in accordance with the law.”
“Such action could include initiating mechanisms for removal from office for violation of Chapter Six of the Constitution,” said EACC in a statement.
Section 31(2) of the Leadership and Integrity Act bars dual citizenship holders from holding State positions.
“A person who holds dual citizenship shall, upon election or appointment to a State office, not take office before officially renouncing their other citizenship in accordance with the provisions of the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act, 2011,” the section states.
Article 260 of the constitution lists MPs as state officers, meaning the aforementioned leaders could lose their seats or be forced to renounce their other citizenship if found to be dual citizenship holders.