Former Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has been sworn in as the new boss of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
At his swearing in ceremony on Monday 23/1/17), the new EACC chairman vowed to clear graft from the Commission and prosecute public officers found guilty.
He also called for cooperation from relevant institutions in the fight against corruption.
“Fighting corruption should not be left entirely to the commission. Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, executive officers, governors and accounting officers must take responsibility and should also be held answerable for what happens in their ministries, departments and counties,” said Wabukala.
He also urged Kenyans to join in the fight against graft instead of watching from the sidelines.
“Kenyans, I appeal to you to take up your roles and support the fight against corruption. Do not watch from the sidelines, and also do not be part of the problem. Together we shall surely slay this terrible dragon called corruption,” he appealed.
Wabukala noted that he is aware of the challenges ahead and that he is equal to the task having worked in the anti-corruption sector for 12 years as chairman of the national anti-corruption campaign steering committee.
“I am aware that I am joining the EACC when perception of corruption is extremely high. I am also aware of the challenges facing the fight against corruption but it is a war we can win if all Kenyans take up their roles without being part of the problem,” he noted.
Chief Justice David Maraga wished him a successful run than his predecessors who left office in controversy.
Maraga also warned him that he is taking over an office perceived to be ‘cursed’ but exuded confidence he will prosper.
“This is one public office that is increasingly acquiring the ignominy of a cursed career. You must also be aware of the fact that this job, has the highest birth and death rate in public service. But someone has to do it and I am glad that the country has turned to a man of faith in the person of the Archbishop Wabukala,” stated Maraga.
Wabukala was sworn in by Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi in a brief ceremony witnessed by Chief Justice David Maraga and the Attorney-General Githu Muigai.