When retired Anglican Archbishop Eliud Wabukala was appointed by former President Uhuru Kenyatta to head the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission, many people wondered if the clergyman had what it takes to steer the commission and slay the corruption dragon that held Kenya hostage for decades and restore public trust to the anti-graft body.
Wabukala replaced Philip Kinisu who was thrown out of office in 2016 after being implicated in the Ksh.791 million NYS scandal.
EACC has had its share of challenges since its inception by the late President Mwai Kibaki in 2010 when he signed the Ethics and Anti-corruption bill into law, creating EACC.
Lawyer PLO Lumumba took over as its first chairman in September 2010 but would leave in August 2011 under a cloud of controversies after MPs passed a motion of no confidence against him.
EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak on Tuesday announced that Eliud Wabukala’s six-year tenure had come to an end becoming the first EACC chairman to complete his tenure.
“The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) bids farewell to the chairperson, Archbishop (Emeritus) Dr Eliud Wabukala, EBS, whose term of office has come to an end today, Tuesday, 17th January 2023,” read the statement.
Mbarak praised Wabukala saying his focused and steady style of leadership steered the EAC body in the right direction in the fight against corruption.
“During his tenure, he was instrumental in shaping the strategic and policy direction of the Commission which has resulted in significant milestones in the fight against corruption and promotion of ethics in the country,” he said.
In his last message to President Ruto, Wabukala exuded confidence that he has left a strong and stable anti-graft body with a strategic focus on asset recovery, law enforcement and education.
“I want to assure you your excellency that as I leave, EACC is stable with a strategic focus on asset recovery, law enforcement, education and awareness for people to understand that corruption will not help us as a country,” Wabukala said.