Ex-NHC boss, 4 others arrested over graft

October 16, 2013 4:16 pm
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The MD will be charged alongside former Company Secretary Elizabeth Mbugua, Technical Manager William Keitany, Chief Estate Officer John Okumu and technical manager Bernard Ogola/FILE
The MD will be charged alongside former Company Secretary Elizabeth Mbugua, Technical Manager William Keitany, Chief Estate Officer John Okumu and technical manager Bernard Ogola/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – Five former top officials of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) were arrested by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission on Wednesday over graft-related allegations.

The officials, including former MD James Ruitha are due to be charged in court on Thursday for allegedly allocating themselves houses valued at millions of shillings when they served at the corporation.

The MD will be charged alongside former Company Secretary Elizabeth Mbugua, Technical Manager William Keitany, Chief Estate Officer John Okumu and technical manager Bernard Ogola.

“They were taken in for the formal processing before they appear in court tomorrow (Thursday),” an EACC official said.

The EACC said it has been given a nod to charge the officials from the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who agrees with the detectives’ recommendations.

Apart from allocating themselves houses, the officials are accused of allocating their relatives and friends houses contrary to laid down procedures of the National Housing Corporation regulations.

In March last year former Housing Minister Soita Shitanda commissioned an audit team to probe massive corruption and irregularities at the State corporation which led to the disbandment of its entire board of directors.

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