Kenya’s anti-corruption boss has resigned.
Philip Kinisu, chairman of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), leaves his job a day after a parliamentary committee recommended his removal because of a conflict of interest.
The EACC was due to investigate alleged corruption at Kenya’s National Youth Service (NYS), which is funded by the government.
But a company that Mr Kinisu owns is alleged to have had dealings the NYS.
MPs had asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to establish a tribunal to facilitate his removal.
Mr Kinisu, a former African chairman for PwC who was appointed EACC head last November, maintained his innocence in his resignation letter, and said the focus needed to be on corruption not him:
To ensure that due attention is paid to the fight against corruption, I have today decided to tender my resignation to the president.”
His exit makes him the shortest-serving boss of the anti-graft agency – though three of his predecessors left in similar circumstances.
The EACC is facing public criticism over it perceived failure to take action against corrupt officials.
Here’s a copy of his resignation letter, sent to newsrooms today: