NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has approved charges against suspended Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau over corruption allegations.
The DPP however rejected a recommendation by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to have suspended Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi charged for abuse of office, saying there is no sufficient evidence.
“DPP (has) also taken into account the numerous suits and petitions pending before the Employment and Labour Relations Court and the High Court challenging the legality and validity of the said appointments,” Tobiko said.
Kamau ‘s charges relate to allegations that Kundan Singh Construction Company Limited, resident engineer and other public servants involved in the ongoing construction of Kamukuywa-Kaptama-Kapsokwony-Kimili Road colluded by trashing aside a consultants design without following the proper procedures and redesigning the road leading to massive embezzlement of funds.
In a statement sent to newsrooms Thursday afternoon, Tobiko also agreed with the EACC that there is no evidence to charge Charity Ngilu (Lands) who had been accused of colluding with a businessman to defraud the government over Sh100 million.
Tobiko also concurred with the commission that Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei can only stand as a witness and not a suspect in a case involving a parastatal under his ministry.
Ngilu and Kambi are however still under investigations by the EACC on other corruption allegations.
In regards to Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, he agreed with EACC’s recommendations that the matter be referred to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
He also approved that he be referred to the Speaker of the Senate for disciplinary action.
Sonko is facing multiple charges including an incident that took place on December 26, 2014 at the Mtwapa Weighbridge in Kilifi County.
He is also being investigated for allegedly colluding with suspended Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and businessman Deepak Kamani in a land grab ring involving senior ministry officials, politicians and brokers including Patrick Kibagendi Osero, lawyer James Mbaluka and Chief lands officer Sarah Mwenda.
Kamau becomes the first Cabinet Secretary to face charges following the DPP’s decision.
She was under investigation on allegations that she conspired with Evans Waitiki and valuers from her ministry to defraud the government of Sh110 million by overstating the value of a parcel of land in Mombasa earmarked for purchase by the government.