Former KBC officials due in court

April 14, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Two former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation officials are among high-profile individuals set to face charges by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission.

KACC official Nicholas Simani said in a statement on Thursday that the case was among five others which the AG had sent back for prosecution.

He said: "The Attorney General has concurred with the Commission\’s recommendations to charge former Kenya Broadcasting Corporation officials with abuse of office."

He added that the AG had also given consent for the prosecution of officials of Tanathi Water Services Board over abuse of office.

"The Attorney General has concurred with the Commission\’s recommendations regarding the Tanathi Water Board officials for abuse of office in the adjudication of a contract to the Wote Water Project worth Sh150 million."

Read full KACC statement here.

The suspects are set to appear before an Embu court on Monday.

Also to face charges are officials of involved in the Western Kenya World Bank Project for embezzlement of funds.

"Regarding allegations of irregular procurement of two ICT consultants at Kenya Ports Authority and allegations of irregular procurement of security services by officials of Kisumu Municipal Council, the Attorney General did not concur with the recommendation to press charges."

The commission however said it had written back to the AG to consider reversing his decision.

The commission says there are five other cases of public interest where considerable progress has been made.

They include the purchase of an embassy in Tokyo.  "The commission will be visiting Tokyo in May to follow crucial leads with the assistance of the Japanese government."

Mr Simani also disclosed that The Judicial Service Commission and the Public Service Commission had submitted a list of applicants to key judicial jobs to the KACC to ascertain if any investigations were being conducted against the individuals.

"The commission has also received dossier about the irregular recruitment of 2,500 teachers and is conducting investigations."

He revealed that the commission had also commenced investigations at the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) and the National Oil Corporation (NOCK).

KACC is also carrying out a countywide investigation into allegations of misuse of Constituency Development and LATIF funds.

He pointed out: "The outcome of investigations by other agencies does not affect investigations carried out by KACC.  The Kenya Anti Corruption Commission is the principal agency charged with the responsibility of conducting forensic investigations, prevention and public education in Kenya."

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