Philip Kinisu has resigned from his position as chairman of the ethics and anti-corruption commission.
In a statement released, Kinisu said that the issues bordering on investigations of a firm he is associated with have rendered his stay in office impractical.
The conflict of interest allegedly stems from the fact that Esaki Ltd, a company associated with Kinisu’s family, has had business dealings with the National Youth Service.
The NYS is now however one of the entities under active investigation by the EACC.
Mr Kinisu had admitted through his counsel that the firm in question, Esaki Ltd, received money from certain government ministries but for legitimate businesses, dismissing claims of conflict of interest.
Esaki Ltd received KSh35 million in 2014 from the Health ministry. The firm also received KSh246 million from the Devolution ministry between March 2015 and June 2016.
Yesterday, a house committee ruled that the petition against Philip Kinisu had sufficient evidence to have him removed from office.
The National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee also found that Mr Kinisu had failed to disclose his interest in a company that did business with the scandal-ridden National Youth Service.
In the statement, Kinisu maintained innocence, saying:
“I maintain that the company and I are innocent of the allegations that have been made. At the same time, I am mindful significant resources and attention are being expended by the state and the public on deliberating these matters rather than to the fight against corruption,”
“Further, and as a result of the protracted negative deliberations of the matters in the public domain, my continuing to serve as EACC chairman has become practical”
Philip Kinisu is the shortest serving Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chairman.