Commissioners at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) have called on their Chairman Philip Kinisu, to take responsibility and step aside, to pave way for investigations over his family’s company- Esaki Limited, involvement in the multimillion NYS scam.
EACC Commissioners Rose Mghoi Macharia, Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, Dabar Ali Maalim, Vice chairperson Sophia Lepuchirit and Chief executive Halakhe Waqo say Kinisu’s continued stay in office even as investigations continue against him, is likely to interfere with the entire process.
Esaki Ltd, a company that Kinisu, his wife and daughter are associated with, with Kinisu having majority of its shares, is said to have received the sum of Sh35.4 million from the NYS to supply borehole materials in Kapenguria, monies that were extracted from the Sh78 million that dissapered from the NYS kitty.
Kinisu has since defended his integrity, saying his company conducted legal dealings with NYS severaly and that he will not step aside.
However, EACC Commissioners in a statement, said they have written to the Attorney General Prof General Githu Muigai, seeking his legal opinion on the matter, on wether Kinisu should step aside or continue staying in office as investigations go on.
They have also clarified that if Kinisu fails to step aside, he risks suspension from office, as per Section 42 clause 7 of the Leadership and Integrity Act.
“By virtue of his office and his relationship with Esaki Ltd, the Chairperson’s personal interests are in apparent conflict with those of the public in respect of the subject of investigations. In line with Chapter Six of the Leadership and Integrity Act and the EACC Code of Conduct, the Commission wishes to reiterate the need to enforce compliance with the said laws,” the Commissioners said on Thursday.