By Eliud Owalo
I hope the Philip Kinisu-led team will turn-around the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC) into a professionally managed Anti-Corruption outfit that pursues it’s Mandate with precision,as opposed to the politically-manipulated Organ that Kenyans are accustomed to.
Kenyans want to see an Anti-Corruption entity that executes its Mandate without fear or favour,and without dancing to the whims of the political class.They neither want to see an entity that is constantly manipulated by politicians to settle scores with their opponents,nor to protect technocrats who have looted from public coffers for,on behalf of or at the instigation of the political class.
I have for many years known both Mr. Kinisu and Rose Mghoi as professionals of no mean repute.I however do not know much about the other commissioners,but I verily want to believe their credentials are commensurate with the task at hand.
My take is that they should anchor and be guided in their actions primarily by the Mandate and Core-Business of the EACC,the existing Legal Framework and their Job Descriptions.Their performance at any point in time will be evaluated by all genuine stakeholders on the basis of their conformity or otherwise to these integral parameters,but not on how much political clout or influence-peddling they shall have mastered.
I hope this new team will not allow their hard-earned reputation and integrity to go down the drain by becoming subservient to egocentric politicians whose primary interest is accumulation of ill-gotten wealth aided by colossal sums of tax-payers’ money that they siphon-out of public coffers with impunity.
The Window of Opportunity is open for Philip Kinisu and his team to restructure the EACC and Re-engineer its business processes to win back the confidence of the Kenyan public.
The same Window will however,not remain open for ever.
We are waiting to learn of your Agenda for the EACC,and how you will go about your business to realize the desired Vision.
Over to you.The ball is in your Court!