Embattled Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chairman Philip Kinisu has bowed to pressure and resigned.
In a statement to newsrooms, Kinisu said that the issues bordering on investigations of a firm he is associated with have rendered his stay in office impractical.
“I maintain that the company and I are innocent of all the allegations that have been made. Further, as a result of the protracted negative deliberations of the matters in the public domain, my continuing to serve as the Chairman of EACC has become impractical,” said Kinisu.
He said that his decision will ensure ‘due attention is paid to the fight against corruption’ and to save the country of resources being spent in deliberations on the matter.
“By this measure, I believe that EACC will henceforth be able to focus on carrying out its mandate,” Kinisu said.
His fellow commissioners had gone ahead to ask him to take the initiative of taking a personal responsibility by leaving the anti-graft agency because of his company’s involvement with scandal-riddled National Youth Service. They had warned that their boss was facing imminent suspension unless he voluntarily stepped aside so as to pave way for investigations.
EACC is in the process of carrying out investigations on the loss of Sh791 millions of taxpayers’ money in fraudulent payments by NYS, a scandal that has claimed the careers of senior government officials, including former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.
In a letter sent to the media, Kinisu cited that there have been extensive reports by the media concerning him and a business that is owned by his family.
“This culminated in a petition being filed in the National Assembly seeking my removal from office,” read the letter.
Kinisu noted that a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly had yesterday recommended the formation of a tribunal by the President to consider his removal from office.
It was disclosed earlier on that the EACC Chairman and his relatives owned Esaki Ltd, a company that was paid millions of shillings by the Devolution ministry and NYS. Through his lawyer Wanyonyi Chebukati, Mr Kinisu had confirmed that the company had received Sh35.4 million from the NYS over the past three-and-a-half years.
Further revelations showed that Esaki was licensed to deal with pest control products on March 23, last year, just a day before the Health ministry opened a tender for the supply of insecticides and that it was awarded the contract of Sh150 million.
Kinisu, replaced Mumo Matemu who was suspended in April 2015 over alleged incompetence and violation of the Constitution, before resigning on May 12.
Kinisu retired from PWC in June 2014 after 34 years of service, where he rose through the ranks from junior auditor to regional CEO/Senior Partner.
Kinisu holds a Bachelor of Commerce (1st Class, Hons) from the University of Nairobi (1979).
His other qualifications include Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales (ACA – 1983) and (Fellow 1993 – FCA).