Although some people have said fighting invincible corruption in Kenya, isn’t preaching in the church, many are waiting to see the end of the classic drama of evil vs good that has been set up at the Kenya Ethics and Anti corruption Commission.
The normally cantankerous parliament unanimously endorsed the appointment of former Anglican Church leader, Eliud Wabukala, as the chairman of the commission but reminded him that the fight against corruption will not be a walk in the park.
“I wish the retired archbishop the very best. Where he is going is not the Anglican Church, neither is it a religious activity. He is walking to a dangerous institution called the EACC, where corruption fights back,” majority leader Aden Duale of the ruling Jubilee party said.
Duale further said, “I participated in the process of nominating past anti-corruption bosses including PLO Lumumba, Mumo Matemu, Philip Kinisu and now Archbishop Wabukala. We pray for you and hope you make a difference. It is my hope that we won’t have a motion against you.”
And the leader of opposition Mr. Francis Nyenze said Wabukala’s religious background and 10 years of experience as an official and member of the National Anti-corruption Campaign Steering Committee qualified him for the job.
“He is a man of God, tried and tested, and has the requisite qualifications and experience in the field of fighting the vice. I have a lot of trust he will deliver in his new capacity as the EACC boss, where other people have come and gone,”
And MP Johanna Ngeno told the Bishop he was the last resort. If he failed, Kenyans would have no one to turn to but God, Himself.
Wabukala said his approach to slaying the corruption dragon would be grounded in the twin strategies of reward and punishment.Like in the Bible, those who follow the straight and narrow path of integrity would be rewarded, and those straying would be met with the full force of the law.