Ugunja Member of Parliament has proposed that Kenya’s Auditor General be nominated as the next Chairperson of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Wandayi, who doubles as the Public Accounts Committee Chairman in parliament, praised retiring Edward Ouko’s impeccable track record as Auditor General of the Republic of Kenya as one of the main factors behind his proposal.
“Ouko has over the years proven himself as a man of high professional standard and ethical principle, and it is his kind of strong integrity that is needed at the EACC”, said the Ugunja MP.
Wandayi made the remarks during the funeral of Mama Eunea Ihera Sibudi Ouko at Umina Primary School, within his Ugunja Constituency over the weekend. Mama Eunea was the mother to Auditor General Edward Ouko.
Wandayi’s proposal, which comes at a time the country is witnessing runaway grand corruption, contrasts with the position taken by some members of parliament who have called for the complete disbandment of the EACC.
Pitching for Ouko, the PAC Chairman went on to say: “An institution is as good as its leadership. If the leader fails, it’s good to consider another person, not to disband the institution.”
The Ugunja MP said that the leadership that Auditor General Edward Ouko’s had demonstrated in exposing government waste shows tenure that he might actually be right person to head the anti-graft commission.
Ouko was appointed the Auditor-General on 27 August, 2011 and as per the provisions of thw constitution, serves for a single term of eight years which is not eligible for re-appointment or renewal.
Ouko who is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (FCA) and a co-opted Council Member of the Institute representing Africa, has over 30 years experience as an auditor, forensic accounting and financial investigations.
During his tenure as Auditor-General, he has routinely unearthed massive scandals in government spending through his annual audit reports including the multi-bilkion Eurobond scandal in 2015.
Wandayi said he had no problem with current EACC chair Eliud Wabukhala but a new person is needed to bring renewed impetus in the fight against theft of pic resources.
“EACC chair Eliud Wabukala was my archbishop. He is a good man in spiritual nourishment but perhaps he was given a responsibility way above his capacity,” the MP said.
Wandayi said new tactics are needed for the war on graft to be successful.
“It is time to support all institutions constituted to fight corruption,” he said on Saturday and asked parliamentarians to allocate more moneyto the EACC, the Attorney Genera’s office and other such organisations.
“Leaders must make concerted efforts in the war against graft and tame divisive politics of defending culprits in the pretext of ‘this belongs to our tribe’.”
Ouko a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA) and holds a bachelors degree (Hons) in Finance and Accounting from the University of Nairobi.
Before his appointment as Auditor General, Ouko was the Auditor General at the African Development Bank where he directed the audit function and was also in charge of the anti-corruption and fraud function up to June 2010. Mr. Ouko was with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for over 24 years in various capacities.