Charge Garissa Governor over graft – DPP

July 2, 2015 1:01 pm
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DPP Keriako Tobiko agreed with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the charges against Governor Jama and seven other officials/FILE
DPP Keriako Tobiko agreed with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the charges against Governor Jama and seven other officials/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Thursday approved the prosecution of Garissa Governor Nathif Jama Adan over the irregular leasing of ambulance services.

DPP Keriako Tobiko agreed with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that there was sufficient evidence to sustain the charges against Governor Jama and seven other officials.

“Having independently reviewed the file, I agree with EACC that there is sufficient evidence disclosed against the Governor and other country officials and therefore directed that prosecutions should ensue as recommended by EACC,” Tobiko directed.

Jama is accused of leasing ambulances from the Emergency Plus Medical Services Ltd which is owned by the Kenya Red Cross Society.

He will be charged alongside the county officials for several criminal offences including abuse of office.

Governor Jama is also facing charges for failing to adhere to the procurement regulations when he leased out the ambulances.

Former Mumias Sugar Manager Peter Hongo will also face charges over alleged theft of 2,780 bags of sugar following the decision by the DPP to prosecute him.

Tobiko however directed EACC to conduct further investigations into allegations that National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation (NWCPC) Managing Director Evans Ngibuini irregularly procured structural cabling of the corporation’s headquarter block at Sh41 million.

He was further alleged to have employed unqualified staff.

Whereas EACC had recommended for the closure of his file over lack of evidence, the DPP returned the file and asked that further investigations be done.

“Having independently reviewed the file, I have noted that serious questions relating to the integrity and propriety of the procurement process for the structural cabling of the NWCPC headquarter officer block haven not been addressed,” Tobiko said.

However, the DPP said he did not find evidence that Ngibuini had employed unqualified staff since he was not the MD at the time when the employees in question were employed.

The County Executive Secretary for Land and Infrastructure, County Executive Secretary for Finance & Economic Planning and the Chief of Staff in the Governor’s office, Nyeri County will also face charges following the DPP’s decision to prosecute them.

The three officials are facing charges of irregular procurement of technical audit services for Nyeri County.

They will face charges of ‘abuse of office and wilful failure to comply with procurement regulations’.

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