Ngilu hospitalised in London

January 22, 2011 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, January 22 – Cabinet Minister Charity Ngilu has been admitted to a hospital in London.

A close confidant confirmed that the Water Minister had been at the medical facility for several days.

Mrs Ngilu was admitted to the Nairobi Hospital several weeks ago but left in controversial circumstances to undergo Medicare at home.

“The Minister is abroad but fine. She wanted to recuperate without any pressure,” the confidant stated. It is not clear what the Minister is ailing from.

The Water Minister is among several top ranking government officials facing investigations over corruption allegations in her ministry.

Public Works Assistant Minister Mwangi Kiunjuri sparked off the claims of a corruption scandal in the ministry after he was moved from the docket in October following a cabinet mini-reshuffle.

Mr Kiunjuri lodged an official complaint with the anti-graft body where he met detectives and presented his evidence.

According to the assistant minister, the award of contracts at the ministry was not transparent and could have led to huge losses of public money. Mr Kiunjuri also claimed there was nepotism in the award of tenders.

The assistant minister, who blames Mrs Ngilu for his exit from the ministry, alleged that up to eight companies and a non-governmental organisation that had close links with the minister had done business with the ministry.

Mrs Ngilu has always insisted that Mr Kiunjuri’s is a case of crying over sour grapes.

She said that the current allegations are brought by the fact that she refused to clear the payment of undocumented claims stretching to millions of shillings which had been presented by a contractor in July.

The minister is accused of misusing public funds after the ministry sunk 126 of the 408 boreholes drilled across the country in her home region of Ukambani.

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