Kenyan minister grilled over CDF fraud

August 4, 2011 8:25 am


Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 4 – Foreign Affairs Assistant Minister Richard Onyonka was questioned by detectives at the  Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission on Thursday over allegations of squandering some Sh137 million from the Kitutu Chache Constituency Development Fund (CDF) kitty.

Mr Onyonka was summoned to the Integrity centre at 8.30am to explain why he used the money to buy sugar from Chemilil Sugar company and failing to remit Sh18 million to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) as tax.

“It is alleged that Hon Onyonka used CDF funds to purchase sugar worth Sh137 million (137,058,429.80) from Chemilil Sugar Company.  It is alleged that the Hon Onyonka did not remitted VAT worth ksh.18, 461,196/- to KRA,” a brief statement from the KACC said.

“The Member of Parliament for Kitutu Chache is today 4th August 2011 recording a statement at Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission’s Office at Integrity Centre,” the brief signed by the commission’s Spokesman Mr Nicholas Simani said.

Mr Simani said their investigators were on the final stages of the probe and would be forwarding the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice once they are through.

He said several officials including those at the sugar company had recorded statements and provided investigators with relevant data of the transaction.

“Investigators at also in Chemilil finalising on data collection and when they conclude their investigations the file will be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution with appropriate recommendations,” the commission statement said.

Several Members of Parliament are under investigation by the commission for misappropriating money allocated for CDF projects in various parts of the country.

KACC Director Patrick Lumumba recently announced that investigations on various high profile cases-including misuse of CDF-were on their final stages and would be prosecuted soon.


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