By Derrick Kiplagat
Suspended EACC Vice-Chair Irene Keino resigned on Thursday, hours after a tribunal to probe her had been formed. She submitted her letter of resignation to President Uhuru Kenyatta in which she indicated her resignation was aimed at sparing her family the anguish of a judicial process.
“I wish to confirm today, that I have resigned immediate effect from the EACC. I have done so in order to spare my family the anguish of a judicial process that will cause them unimaginable pain and also to lend my support in the fight against corruption,” she indicated. Her resignation means that she will not face the tribunal that has been sworn in to investigate her and suspended Chairman Mumo Matemu.
“The Commission and I have found ourselves in the proverbial hot water that has characterized the war on corruption in the past,” she added. Keino also said that although she had the privilege and honor of being a part of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Government and the people of Kenya, this was no-longer tenable. “For the avoidance of doubt, public service should always compliment and support the public interest. So even if, certain events cause on personal pain and anguish, the cardinal principle of greater good should prevail,” she said.
She added that she would have been pleased to resign to pave way for investigations over the allegations but opted to resign stating that the country is not in a position to win the war against corruption and it would only take personal sacrifice to win the fight. “My conscience is clear and am not bitter. I wish the President well in this difficult task ahead of him and the country.” Her resignation makes her the second commissioner to have resigned after Prof. Jane Onsongo.