, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and her Energy counterpart Davis Chirchir have been linked to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko on suspicion of colluding on corrupt deals.
The two CSs are linked to Sonko in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Report on the Current Status of Corruption Matters under Investigation that President Kenyatta presented to Parliament on Thursday.
According to the report, the EACC is investigating Ngilu on suspicion of being part of a land grabbing cartel that includes Sonko and businessman Deepak Kamani who has also been charged in connection with the billion shilling Anglo Leasing scam.
Chirchir and Sonko are on the other hand being investigated on suspicion of conspiring to defraud the Kenyan taxpayer of Sh1.4 billion by attempting to influence the award of a Kenya Pipeline tender.
That is in addition to the ‘chickengate’ investigations the EACC is already conducting on Chirchir by virtue of his being a member of the now defunct Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC).
Ngilu is also being investigated on suspicion of colluding with Likoni land owner Evanson Waitiki to defraud the Kenyan taxpayer of Sh110 million.
“Mrs. Ngilu allegedly is going to get a kickback of Sh65 million once the land is bought by the government for settling of squatters currently occupying it,” the report details.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau is accused in the report of illegally contracting a Chinese firm to undertake 80 percent of the clearing and forwarding of imported cargo at the Port of Mombasa for a period of 14 years.
“(The firm) belonging to a Chinese company contracted to build the Mombasa-Nairobi-Malaba railway line,” the report alleges.
Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi is on the other hand under investigation for defending the controversial National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Tassia II project, “despite clear indications that the Board of Trustees did not approve the project’s revised cost estimate of Sh5 billion from Sh3.3 billion as required by procurement law.”