NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 3 – Garissa County Governor Nathif Jama has disputed corruption allegations levelled against him over the irregular leasing of ambulance services.
Speaking after appearing before Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives Friday, Jama dismissed the claims as a mere political witch hunt by his opponents.
“There is a Jubilee Member of Parliament from Garissa, with support of his colleagues who are trying to undermine my governorship.
Jama was summoned to EACC after Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko approved charges against him.
The Governor however said that he is confident that the court will clear his name as he had faced similar claims before and emerged clean.
Jama was accompanied by the chairman of the Council of Governors Peter Munya, Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi Mohammad and Wajir Senator Abdirahman Hassan and former Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Farah Maalim.
Munya, while expressing solidarity with the troubled Governor, accused EACC of being petty for the accusation they have placed on Jama.
“I am convinced that there is no solid ground for the prosecution of Garissa Governor Nathif Jama. This is because the matter he is being accused of is a service from Kenya Red Cross that eight counties have already undertaken, hence he has not broken any law,” Munya said.
Maalim on the other hand asked the DPP’s office to critically look at examine the benefits of leasing the ambulances.
“What the Governor did was in the interest of the country and specifically for the people to save their lives. That is not a crime to prosecute for,” he said.