NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) chairman Mumo Matemu says several people are under investigation in connection with the Anglo Leasing scandal.
Matemu who made the statement following the arrest and questioning of businessman Deepak Kamani on Thursday, said they are also working with foreign governments in their investigations.
“The law now as it stands on mutual legal assistance means we are able to receive intelligence, information and we are able to receive evidence,” he said.
He explained that the session they had with Kamani was to shed light on the Anglo Leasing contracts; who signed them and who were legally bound by them.
“We needed to have that discussion and we were able today to have that discussion with him,” Matemu said.
He added that they would question other individuals in connection to the Anglo Leasing scandal as they continue to garner more information.
“This is a matter that will continue, we will continue to have discussions with many other people as and when the time is rife and when the names feature,” he said.
Kamani was arrested by EACC officers at his Spring Valley home on Thursday morning before being questioned at their headquarters for the better part of the morning.
He was then released and declined to address the media but this lawyer Paul Nyamodi said they had a, “hearty discussion,” with the EACC officials.
“We are here in response to summons by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission. My client Mr Kamani has attended pursuant to those summons and we have had a hearty discussion. He has answered all their queries to the best of his ability and for the details, you must ask the EACC,” he said.
The arrest comes in the wake of a declaration by the chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba that anyone found complicit in the Anglo Leasing saga will be brought to book.
Matemu’s statement and Kamani’s arrest come amid demands by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga that the Sh1.4 billion payment sanctioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta in connection with the scandal be refunded. READ: Raila wants Sh1.4bn Anglo Leasing cash refunded
And as an additional Sh3.1 billion was demanded by businessman Anura Perrera who is linked to the Anglo Leasing firms that received the Sh1.4 billion.
Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo also told the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday that the government was also paying an additional Sh1.2 billion in penalties.