NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday announced his appointment of Retired Archbishop Eliud Wabukala as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman.
His nominee to the post received the endorsement of the National Assembly on Tuesday following a vetting exercise by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
Wabukala takes the helm at the EACC as successor to Philip Kinisu who resigned in August of last year after it emerged that a company of which he was a director did business with the National Youth Service while it was under investigation by the Commission in what was viewed by some as a conflict of interest and led to pressure for him to vacate office.
Kinisu took over from Mumo Matemu who together with his two Commissions also vacated office in 2015 giving various reasons including that they had come under pressure from unnamed political forces.
President Kenyatta has however expressed confidence in Wabukala’s capacity to restore confidence to the anti-corruption agency describing him as, “an eminently qualified and respected leader.”
Others such as TI Executive Director Samuel Kimeu have their reservations saying giving up the graft fight to “inspiration” as it were, wasn’t practical.
Last year, President Kenyatta expressed frustration with the independent government agencies charged with taming the beast that is corruption in Kenya.
Wabukala’s appointment comes as an entirely new team takes office at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.