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Full in-tray for Eliud Wabukala at Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission

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By Roselyne Obala and Cyrus Ombati | January 20th 2017
Eliud Wabukala will find a backlog of cases, some high-profile, which he will be expected to deal with without fear or favour. (Photo: Jonah Onyango/Standard)

Retired archbishop Eliud Wabukala is officially the new anti-corruption agency boss.

Dr Wabukala's appointment as the new chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was published in the Kenya Gazette on Wednesday, days after MPs approved him.

His in-tray is fully as he sets out to slay the dragon of corruption amidst disappointment by a majority of Kenyans who argue the vice has permeated all sectors of the society.

Among other things, Wabukala will find a backlog of cases, some high-profile, which he will be expected to deal with without fear or favour.

And Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated the former head of the Anglican Church of Kenya, exuding confidence the cleric will deliver on his mandate.

"I am confident he is equal to the task and he will confront the corruption menace head on," said the President in a statement through State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu.

"He is an eminently qualified and respected leader who will deliver his mandate at the helm of the EACC to the expectations of Kenyans," said President Kenyatta.

EACC has been without a chairman since August last year when Philip Kinisu gave in to pressure and resigned over accusations of conflict of interest in the Sh791million National Youth Service scam, where a company associated with his family was adversely mentioned.

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During the special sitting on Tuesday, MPs overwhelmingly supported nomination of the clergyman to head the commission.

When Wabukala appeared before the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs committee, he pledged to go for all corrupt individuals and reward those who do not engage in graft. The Jubilee administration has been on the spot over rampart corruption in its ranks.

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