, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 20 – Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala has been thrust back into the limelight following an Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission summons for Thursday.
Kiala is required to appear before the commission on Thursday afternoon or risk “penal consequences.”
The summons does not elaborate what charges Kiala would be answering to simply stating that it “is investigating allegations touching on your conduct.”
Kiala has denied any knowledge of what the summons could be in regards to, telling Capital FM News that they are likely politically motivated. “Why then would I see the summons on social media before it was served on my person?” he posed.
Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua, when handing over documents relating to his wealth in November last year, invited the commission to look into his deputy’s lifestyle.
“I want myself to be audited. The only information we are missing is that from the Deputy Governor who has for whatever reason refused to provide that information to be handed over to EACC,” he said.
Mutua has previously accused Kiala of taking personal possession of public property valued at Sh23 million.
More specifically, he’s accused him of “diverting,” pipes intended for use in a water project in Mwala and an irrigation project in Yatta to his farm in Masinga.
The bad blood between the two is no secret with Mutua accusing Kiala of colluding with his, “detractors,” to frustrate him; detractors read as Machakos Senator Johnson Muthama.
Mutua has on numerous occasions accused Kiala of not only being corrupt but incompetent.
In 2014, the Machakos County Assembly appeared to concur after it passed an impeachment motion against Kiala based on accusations of nepotism and solicitation of bribes from contract bidders.
Kiala however survived impeachment after a majority in Senate voted against it on the grounds that the charges levelled against him did not meet the constitutional threshold.