Retired ACK Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has abused office by “baptising, wedding and burying thieves” petitioners against his EACC chairman appointment have said.

The four – Reverend John Mbugua, Gilbert Mukabane, Eric Abu and Jeramba Munuhe – said Wabukala failed during his tenure as Archbishop.

They further said in their memorandum to Parliament on Thursday that: “His work at the Steering Committee on Anti-Corruption is invisible despite receiving a budget amounting to millions of shillings.”

But Wabukala dismissed the allegations saying: “Church leaders are proud to associate with sinners to bring them to God.”

“I have no government interest. I have never takena tender in government. I only do a lot of charity work in supporting school-going kids,” he said.

Wabukala said the committee, which he has been chairing since 2009, has done good work and is established in 22 counties.

“We had a limited budget to create awareness and education on graft… Once the secretariat stabilises, all plans will be achieved,” he said.

The 65-year old cleric told the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee vetting panel today that he will ensure corruption is eradicated if he clinches the seat.

He said some of his friends were planning to smear him with mud but that he will not be deterred, as even Jesus underwent this.

“I will ensure action is taken on corruption but politics and tribalism are challenges in the fight against corruption,” noted the former Archbishop.