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EACC probes 12 governors in list of shame

Governors at a past function in Nairobi: some of them are under investigation for looting county government funds. Photo/FILE.

Governors at a past function in Nairobi: some of them are under investigation for looting county government funds. Photo/FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, March 31 – Twelve Governors are among top officials named in the much awaited report by the Ethic and Anti- Corruption Commission (EACC), with details of graft allegations facing them.

They include Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero who is alleged to have signed a Sh4.6 billion deal to launch the Metro transportation System although the process was flawed.

“Inquiry into allegations of procurement irregularities by officers of Nairobi County Government in the signing of an MOU with Foton East Africa. It is alleged that the Governor signed a deal worth sh4.6 billion in a plan to launch the Metro Transportation system and the process is suspected to have been flawed,” the report states in part.

Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto is also under investigation for allegedly accumulating immense wealth by purchasing earth movers worth Sh400 million and a chopper worth Sh300 million, besides purchasing a house worth Sh33 million shillings in Ngong.

“Allegations are that the county government of Bomet hired ambulances at a monthly cost of sh650,000 each. The ambulances were acquired from the Kenya Red cross through single sourcing,” it adds.

In Machakos, Governor Alfred Mutua is accused of purchasing 14 Subaru model vehicles for county Executive members through single sourcing which was overpriced.

Allegations against Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok include the irregular payment of Sh14 million to a contractor for the construction of a bridge where no work was done.

Meru Governor Peter Munya is also alleged to have abused and misused public funds on fuel, service and repair of a private vehicle.

The report tabled in the senate on Tuesday also shows that Governor Ali Hassan Joho of Mombasa is under investigation for allegedly facilitating the grabbing of the land occupied by the Mwembe Tayari Market which is a public property.

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Amason Kingi of Kilifi is alleged to have irregularly procured a house at a cost of Sh140 million without following procurement procedures.

On the other hand, Narok’s Samuel Tanui is being investigated for irregular procurements, mismanagement of the county revenue, Nepotism among many other allegations labeled against him and other county officials.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado is being investigated for irregularities in the procurement process and misuse of public funds to the tune of Sh600 million while his Homabay counterpart Hezron Awiti is accused of irregularities involving Sh200 million on the proposed Agro City Project, without a feasibility study being conducted.

Other Governors on the list include Isiolo’s Godana Doyo who is alleged to have undertaken irregular appointments and promotions of individuals in the county, as well as Garissa Governor Nadhif Jama who is alleged to have engaged in a project without prior planning and hired eight ambulances at a monthly cost of Sh650,000 each from the Kenya red Cross through single sourcing.

Some of the governors named have dismissed the report, saying they cannot resign over mere allegations, with others saying the President has no authority to ask for their resignation.

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