The fight against corruption in Kenya seems to be fading every now and then, with the country’s anti-graft agency having little to show off and too much controversies, affecting its mandates to the people.
The country’s anti-corruption legislation dates back to the year 1956 with the enactment of the now defunct Prevention of Corruption Act that was in operation from August 1956 to May 2003.
In 1997 parliament created the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority (KACA), whose first director was former Kilome MP John Harun Mwau.
After only six months in office, Mwau was suspended and later removed in 1998 through a Judicial Tribunal appointed by the-then President Daniel arap Moi.
Justice Aaron Ringera was appointed to replace him in March 1999.
A year later, the High Court ruled that the statutory provisions establishing the anti-corruption Authority were in conflict with the Constitution following a case filed by a petitioner, the year 2000— spelling the death of KACA and the various efforts in the fight against corruption in the Country.
Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) was later created in 2003 and was headed by Rtd Justice Aaron Ringera. Few years later, Justice Ringera was forced to resign from office following parliamentary pressure in July 2009, prompting the Prof PLO Lumumba to take over in September 2010.
Parliament later disbanded the Commission in August 2011 through enactment of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Act (EACC), 2011 in September same year, and Mumo Matemu was appointed as chairman.
However, the commissioner’s life at the commission was also short lived after Matemu tendered his resignation mid 2015, prompting the appointment of Philip Kinisu as new EACC chairman by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In what seems to be the EACC’s trend and setbacks, Kinisu is now out of office barely eight months after he assumed office in January 18, 2016 due to corruption allegations.
He resigned to pave way for investigations after Esaki Ltd, a company associated to him, wife and daughter, benefited from Sh35.4 million from the Sh791 million that was stolen from the NYS, in Devolution ministry.
Former EACC chairman PLO has since blamed this heinous trend of fighting the fight on corruption, to corruption cartels in both government offices and private sectors and politicians, saying they are willing to stop at nothing, to see themselves shining in graft.
He also faulted Kenyans for failing to show support on fight against corruption by taking to streets each time such happenings occur, just like how citizens in India and other nations stand against the vice.