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Tuesday 31 March 2015

Graft accusations against parastatal heads emerge

Graft accusations against parastatal heads emerge

STATE-OF-THE-NATION-2ND-ADDNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Twenty one heads of State Corporations are among officers who appear on the ‘list of shame’ authored by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission and presented to Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Richard Lang’at, Property development manager Mutemi Nzau and the General manager Finance and Investment Gideon Kyengo are being investigated for allegations that they irregularly approved a budget of over Sh5 billion for the development of the Tassia II housing scheme and awarded the tender to a Chinese company.
The Geothermal Development Company is being probed for procurement irregularities, financial improprieties and gross staff management in its three projects valued at Sh3 billion.
Patrick Osero, the Agricultural Finance Corporation Chairman has been accused of land grabbing involving major land scams including the famous Langata Road Primary school.
Former Kenya National Examination Council Chief Executive Offic er Paul Wasanga has been accused of bribery during the procurement of examination materials.
The National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC) acting CEO is under investigation for impropriety regarding the implementation of Sh10 billion West Pokot dam (Sinohydro).
“Other allegations are that the structural cabling of the headquarter building was not properly done,” reads the report.
Other public figures under probe include Football Kenya Federation President Sam Nyamweya who is being investigated for alleged misuse of the institution’s funds.
In response to the matter, Nyamweya claimed the EACC report is misleading to purport investigating the management of FKF since it’s not a State agency.
“It is common knowledge that FKF is not a State agency and its officials are thus not State officers as per the law. It is in the public domain that allegations of impropriety were made to EACC by suspended officials.
“However, before conclusion of the probe, the complainants withdrew and apologized claiming to have been misled to file the charges. It’s therefore misleading for EACC to purport to be investigating the management of football affairs or its leadership,” Nyamweya said in a statement on Tuesday.
Lamu Ward representative Kassim Athmani Hassan is being examined for abuse of office after reports that he included his family in the LAPPSET compensation for those affected. The government is estimated to be losing over Sh100 million shillings in the scam.
Two Directors of procurement and the Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority are being investigated for flouting procurement processes with regard to tendering.
Many other corporations were found to have been in breach of the procurement procedures including, KENTRADE, Garissa water, Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Tourism Fund/ Catering Levy Trustee and Kenya Urban Roads Authority among others.
During a briefing by Statehouse Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, he stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta had directed the various boards of the parastatals whose staff had been mentioned to appoint individuals who would sit in for the period of the investigations.

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