The Chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Philip Kinisu has defended himself against allegations that Esaki Limited engaged in illegal deals with the National Youth Service (NYS) and benefited from the Sh791 million NYS scam funds.
Kinisu and his wife own Esaki Supplies Ltd.
He has clarified that while still the Director of Esaki Ltd, the company received the sum of Sh35.4million from the NYS to supply borehole materials to Kapenguria on legit terms and was not fraudulent as alleged.
Kinisu said he had already clarified he owns the Company (Esaki Ltd) and was the Chairman and Director of Africa Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), a non-governmental institution, before taking up his current job at EACC.
”I had already put this in the public domain. I said it before being vetted into EACC that I own Esaki Ltd and I was the Chairman of APHRC. There was nothing to hide because everything I have done is legitand. I have no reason to hide anything from the public,” said Kinisu.
He claimed money has been used to sway the work he does for the Country at EACC and insisted that he will not resign, for he stands for the truth.
According to him, he has done nothing wrong and that if he resigns, it will be a norm for ‘some people’ to use false claims to get good people working for justice, out of their offices.
“I will not resign because I have done nothing wrong. I have documentations for the work Esaki Ltd did with NYS and there is nothing to hide. If I resign it’ll mean I’m guilty and this will be a daily norm. Those people behind all these, will be doing it oftenly targeting justice-seeking persons, to get them out of constitutional bodies.”
At a press conference on Tuesday morning in Nairobi, Kinisu said he has instructed his lawyers to take legal action against one of the local dailies (Daily Nation) for tainting his name by publishing alleged scandalous report without seeking facts from him.
“We have instructions our lawyers to write to the public editor of the Nation, to complain about the inaccurate reporting and deliberately stringing points together to make negative indirect hate that are damaging to my reputation and that of the institution I’m associated with,” said the EACC chairman.
Daily Nation published an report on the allegations on Sunday July 17, 2016- headlined “Antigraft boss firm received NYS millions.”
“We have instructed our lawyers to study the recent events including the reports by newspapers and immediately commence legal action for defamation and liable by innuendo against the Nation newspaper, the NGO Coordination Board and individuals calling themselves Bunge la Wananchi,” he added.
Bunge la Wananchi (a Civil Society Group) wrote to the EACC Chief Executive Officer Halakhe Waqo, asking him to initiate investigations against Kinisu over the matter while the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Coordination Board allegedly brought the allegations to the public domain without first, seeking facts.
According to EACC, a joint team of officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) are probing Kinisu over his family company dealings with NYS.
Kinisu further indicated that he is willingly ready to cooperate with all investigative agencies handling the case, to bring all facts to the limelight, and said his life is in danger.
So far, 11 NYS scam suspects are facing money laundering charges in Court.
They include: businessman Benson Gethi, Josephine Kabura, John Kago, Charity Wangoi, Paul Kinuthia, Samwel Wachenje, Patrick Ogolla, Antony Gethi, John Hope, Martin Gachara and Jedida Wangari.