In Summary
  • Two more CSs and at least four governors are under separate investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
  • A recent report by the EACC has identified the counties being investigated for corrupt dealings that have cost the taxpayer Sh4 billion as Migori, Busia, Homa Bay and Nairobi City.

  • The ongoing investigations are being boosted by the harmonious working relationship and close collaboration within the multi-agency team comprising officers drawn from the DPP, DCI, EACC, office of the Attorney General and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji isn’t done with high-flying corruption suspects just yet.

The Sunday Nation has reliably learnt that more cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, governors and senior government officials could face prosecution following the arraignment of Treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and his principal secretary Kamau Thugge over the Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal as Mr Haji kicks his anti-corruption campaign up a notch.

COMPLAINTS

On Friday, the DPP also ordered the arrest of Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu over corruption claims in the county and asked Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to investigate claims of mismanagement and misappropriation of Garissa County government funds.

“My office has received numerous complaints with respect to mismanagement and misappropriation of Garissa County funds… You are directed to conduct comprehensive investigations on Garissa County funds and forward the resultant file to my office for directions,” Mr Haji said in a letter dated July 26.

The Sunday Nation has leant that at least two more CSs and at least four governors are under separate investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

A recent report by the EACC has identified the counties being investigated for corrupt dealings that have cost the taxpayer Sh4 billion as Migori, Busia, Homa Bay and Nairobi City.

Migori is being probed for fraudulent award of tenders worth Sh2.6 billion while Nairobi City County is being scrutinised after claims emerged that Sh838million was embezzled between June 2017 and January 2019.

Homa Bay county assembly officials are mired in conflict of interest allegations after they conducted business with the assembly to the tune of Sh317 million.

One of the governors being investigated is said to have spent Sh1 billion to purchase prime property including a three-star hotel in Nairobi as well as properties in his own and neighbouring counties.

The ongoing investigations are being boosted by the harmonious working relationship and close collaboration within the multi-agency team comprising officers drawn from the DPP, DCI, EACC, office of the Attorney General and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA).

The PPRA, the body which provided the DPP with a damning dossier showing how officers from the Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) and Treasury flouted procurement rules in the award of the Kimwarer and Arror Dams tenders, has also finalised a report showing that a majority of counties and state corporations have been flouting procurement rules in the award of tenders running to billions of shillings.

PROCESSES

“The report, which shows a systematic failure by officers to safeguard public funds, will definitely form a key basis in ongoing investigations and prosecutions in court,” Mr Albert Musangi, the PPRA Chairperson told the Sunday Nation.

A preliminary status report on public procurement for the 2018-2019 financial year released on July 2 revealed that only one county, Narok, had complied with procurement regulations.

According to the report, seven counties — Kwale, Meru, Nyamira, Samburu, Bomet, Kericho and Lamu — were partially compliant.

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