The National Assembly on Tuesday (17/1/2017) approved the nomination of Retired Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) Archbishop Eliud Wabukala to head the controversial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Parliament overwhelmingly approved his nomination in accordance with the provisions of Section 10 (3) of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act, 2011 and Section 8 of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011.
Githunguri MP Njoroge Baiya who was representing the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee Chairman Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi) said the Committee found Wabukala qualified and sufficiently experienced to head the Commission.
“His view is that The Bible says the government needs to punish evil because government has a divine responsibility to inflict punishment to the corrupt. Regarding corrupt persons should be killed, he was very categorical that we should not kill the offenders but rather enforce the laws and the Constitution of Kenya 2010,” said Baiya.
According to Citizen Digital, Wabukala will now be formally sworn in by President Uhuru Kenyatta highly likely tomorrow.
The Members of Parliament (MPs) supported Wabukala but were cautiously optimistic that the first clergy to head the commission could streamline the system plagued by graft.
Majority Leader Aden Duale said Mr Wabukala is walking into a “dangerous institution” where corruption fights back, and where six other chairmen have exited without ending the vice.
“I wish him all the best and urge him that heading the EACC is not the same as heading a church organisation and is no religious activity. You are walking into a dangerous institution where corruption fights back,” said Duale.
Minority Leaders Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem), Chris Wamalwa (Kiminini) renewed calls for an overhaul of the EACC Secretariat saying they were obstacles in the fight against graft.
“We will never fight corruption unless we dissolve the Secretariat of the EACC. That is where the problem is; We cannot tell Wabukala to go and pray. We must help him,” said Midiwo.
The clergyman replaces Philip Kinisu, who resigned from the position after he was adversely mentioned in the Sh791 million scandal that rocked the National Youth Service (NYS).