Former PwC executive nominated EACC chair

Former PwC chief executive has been nominated the new chair of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) as new leadership is sought amid reports of high-level graft in the country.

President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Philip Kinisu to the helm of EACC alongside four others who will become commissioners if confirmed by Parliament.

They will be the first EACC commissioners to work part-time under a new law that ended full-time roles.

Mr Kinisu was until June 2012 the chief executive and territory senior partner for PwC Africa Central comprising PwC firms in nine countries. Last month he joined Barclays Bank of Kenya board.

Reports alleging purchase of goods in government at inflated prices and theft of taxpayers’ cash have increased pressure on President Kenyatta, who has promised to tackle rampant corruption.

“President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Philip K. B. Kinisu to be the chairperson of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC),” said a statement from State House. 

“The President also nominated Dabar Abdi Maalim, Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, Sophia Lepuchirit and Rose Mghoi Mtambo Macharia as members of EACC.” The names of the nominees have been forwarded to the National Assembly for consideration.

Mr Kenyatta revealed the nominations as he said Kenya would introduce new anti-corruption law, blacklist officials accused of graft and de-license banks violating money-laundering rules.

Mr Maalim is a member of the Transition Authority, Mr Mwaniki, a lawyer at Mwaniki Gachoka and Co. Aocates and Ms Lepuchirit is a director at government investment agency ICDC and a former chairperson of Kerio Valley Development Authority. Ms Macharia is director of management services at the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution.

If approved, Mr Kinisu will replace Mumo Matemu who bowed out in May after President Kenyatta formed a tribunal to investigate his conduct. His deputies Irene Keino and Jane Onsongo quit in April and March respectively.

The EACC now has five commissioners from three following the recent amendments to the law.

The anti-corruption commission has stepped up its investigations of alleged looting of public funds and last week put two ministers in court.

Public anger has mounted in recent months over the failure to prosecute top officials accused of graft.

Diplomats of the US, Britain and nine other countries earlier this month said Kenya faced a “corruption crisis” and they would step up efforts to prevent the flow of illicit funds out of the country.