KANU seeks graft probe in illegal transfer of Sh6.5m

May 24, 2012 2:29 pm


KANU Secretary General Nick Salat/ FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24 – KANU Secretary General Nick Salat now wants the Auditor General and the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate the irregular transfer of Sh6.5 million from the party’s account.

Salat says although he is a signatory to the account, he was not involved in signing out the money that was wired to a law firm by two former party officials.

Documents made available to Capital FM News indicate that the money in KANU’s account at the Co-operative Bank was wired to the law firm as a court award for a civil suit of 2001.

The former Bomet MP alleged the bank had declined to receive a list of officials that KANU presented after the National Delegates Conference held at Kasarani last month instead directed him to file the same list with the Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u.

The request by Salat to Ndung’u was also declined despite the fact all the officials who had been replaced had shifted allegiance to other parties.

“On May 11, 2012 we obtained a bank statement after the protracted battle with the management of the bank and to our astonishment we discovered that Sh6.5 million been transferred from our account by officials who were unwanted in our party,” explained Salat saying the account was left with Sh23,000.

“We have also sent correspondence to the bank to seek their explanation for its act of commission or omission in allowing this transaction to be quietly concluded quietly,” he added.

Contacted for comment Former National Organising Secretary Justin Muturi who is said to be a signatory to the account clarified that his office was not responsible for originating any payments. He further said he was an alternate signatory in matters of payments.

He has accused Salat of being economical with the truth saying that the Secretary General originated the payments and even prepared the vouchers

“This matter was originated by him and got his approval; I do not commence issues of payment. I am not a mandatory signature to the account,” he said maintaining that Salat had all the documents of correspondences with his office.

Salat has accused former party chairman Uhuru Kenyatta of frustrating the party that has now been issued with a two-week notice to vacate its offices near Yaya Centre although he insisted that the party has already acquired new premises.

He has warned all those who intend to transact business using KANU assets with officials who have quit the party that they will be engaging in illegality.

“We only have one week to vacate our premises but we believe all of it is meant to destabilise the party. We also believe that our property is under threat countrywide but we have instructed our lawyers to be on the lookout and protect our assets,” said Salat.

The party has also petitioned the Political Parties Dispute Resolution Tribunal for arbitration in a matter against The National Alliance (TNA) Party for using KANU’s dominant colours.

The letter has been copied to the Registrar of Political Parties for action as well as to the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Party Organising Secretary Abdulrahaman Bafadhil has insisted that those who are focused on frustrating KANU will not succeed.

“Uhuru wanted to finish the party and now that he left we are asking him to be a gentleman; you cannot dump a woman and then steal her dresses and fit them on your new woman. He should leave us with our red dress and look for another colour,” said Bafadhil.

Kenyatta who quit the party in April launched TNA last Sunday at colourful ceremony under the slogan ‘I believe’.


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