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Embattled EACC chairman Philip Kinisu resigns

Embattled Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Philip Kinisu has bowed to pressure and quit.

The anti-corruption boss maintained his innocence in a statement to newsrooms on Wednesday.

“I maintain that the company and I are innocent of all the allegations that have been made. At the same time, I am mindful that significant resources and attention are being expended by the state and the public on deliberating these matters rather than to the fight against corruption,” said Mr Kinisu.

DEALINGS WITH NYS

Mr Kinisu has been under fire after it was discovered that Esaki Ltd, a company owned by his family and where he was a director and shareholder, had dealings with the National Youth Service, which has been under investigation by the EACC.

“Further, and as a result of the protracted negative deliberations of the matters in the public domain, my continuing to serve as the chairman of EACC has become impractical,”

“Therefore, to ensure that due attention is paid to the fight against corruption, I have today tendered to His Excellency the President my resignation as chairman of EACC,” stated Mr Kinisu.

Esaki Limited was paid a total of Sh35,417,209 for the supply of various items to NYS between October 2014 and November 2015.

BOREHOLE MATERIALS

On October 10, 2014, the company was paid Sh18,973,000 for borehole materials.

Three days later, it received Sh11,487,400 for the supply of borehole machines.

On April 8, 2015, it was paid Sh1.9 million for providing steel drums.

It was paid Sh2,928,181 on May 24, 2016 for items which we could not establish by the time of going to press.

The payments were made to the company’s account at Investments and Mortgages Bank Limited, Riverside Drive Branch.