At last!He resigned.Justice Aaron Ringera.He headed the Kenya AntiCorruption Commission.His has been long overdue together with his deputy Fatuma Sichale.Both lawyers by proffession have been at the helm of the organisation for over five years.
He earned over $ 350,000 per Annum to fight graft but failed miserably(An amount equivalent to what the President of Kenya earns)-During his tenure-huge scandals like the Anglo Leasing scandal-whose architects are still on the lose have not been arrested.Oil scandals-Maize scandals are just among the many that he was not able to solve.
Chaos over his reappointed started a few weeks back when the President-Mwai Kibaki decided to reappoint him without being vetted by parliament.Parliament felt its powers had been ursuped and threw away the apppointment.But the Attorney General supported the Presidents decision saying the only organ that can terminate the appointment is the HIgh Court.
Parliamentarians were so appalled they threatened to cut funding to the AntiCorruption body through a motion in parliament to disband it.
Journalist Michela Wrong in her book 'Its Our Turn to Eat.' chronicles the odyssey of the John GIthongo the former Antigraft Czar who fled Kenya after his life was threatened after making inquiring into the AngloLeasing scandal where the taxpayer was conned millions of US dollars.It showcases Kenya's corruption networks and the greed of Kenyan Politicians.
During his exit press conference at Integrity House Nairobi-he said he had to think of his family-KACC and then quoted from the Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted…"
That was not all-he went on William Shakespeare: "All the world’s a stage, and all the men and the women merely players, they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts."
He then went on to inform the press of his successess at the helm among them the forwarding of 506 files, with recommendations to prosecute in 389 files.
Goodbye Justice Aaron Ringera.