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Gachagua grilled by EACC over university’s Sh27mn bill

INTEGITY-CENTRE1NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua was on Thursday questioned by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives over auditing services for various coffee societies the county received from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

Gachagua after five hours of questioning, told reporters that the County Government has paid the university Sh3 million for services rendered.

The university lodged complaints to the anti-graft body demanding that the county pay another amount of Sh27 million for the services.

“This is not a summon, it is merely coming to throw legal light regarding these issues…if that was the case I would have come with my lawyer,” he stated.

“You can confirm with the commission which I want to say, they were doing a good job.”

Gachagua who drove himself to Integrity Centre without bodyguards remained adamant that the county will not pay any other amount to the university saying the services were offered under a government-to-government partnership.

He clarified that the questioning by EACC detectives were not in any way linked to graft allegations.

“It is my view and that of the county that for the services they have rendered, on Sh3 million is payable…we have refused to pay Sh27 million. I am here to explain why we will not pay,” he stated.

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