No money lost in Eurobond funds transfer – DPP Tobiko

May 31, 2016 7:18 pm
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Tobiko said there would be no prosecutions as there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of any government official/FILE
Tobiko said there would be no prosecutions as there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of any government official/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 – The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Tuesday agreed with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s finding that there is no evidence pointing to the misappropriation of the Sh250 billion raised through the Eurobond.

In a press statement, Tobiko said there would be no prosecutions as there was no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of any government official.

“A joint investigating team comprising of the EACC and DCI officers, investigated the allegations and from the evidence obtained, found that the net amount realised after payment of the syndicated loan was Sh196,916,669,316. This amount was remitted from the offshore accounts held at JP Morgan Chase Bank and Citibank N.A. to the National Exchequer Account at the Central Bank of Kenya,” he stated.

The EACC came to the same conclusion in January but Tobiko directed that further investigations be carried out after he “identified some crucial areas that required clarification and/or additional evidence.”

Also in line with the EACC’s recommendations and after finding that no money was lost in transit, he has now passed the ball to the Office of the Auditor General whose role it is to ensure the prudent utilisation of public funds.

“As regards the utilisation of proceeds of the Eurobond, I concur with the EACC that the Auditor General do carry out special audit on the development projects that were implemented by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ascertain if the government got value for money.”

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) has consistently claimed that not all of the funds raised through the Eurobond made its way into the Exchequer even after the EACC, in January, said it found no evidence backing this claim.

READ: Raila asks EACC to make Eurobond findings public

The national government on the other hand has consistently denied that any money, raised through Kenya’s debut Eurobond in 2014, was lost and said claims to the contrary were simply political manoeuvring.

READ: Ruto takes on Raila over Eurobond

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