NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – Nairobi County Government’s Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba has been sacked with immediate effect for his alleged involvement in the loss of Sh94 million in an irregular ICT contract.
The dismissal was contained in a letter signed by the acting County Secretary Gregory Mwakanongo who stated that the termination was due to Kiamba’s wilful neglect of his duties and responsibilities.
“Please refer to your contract of employment with the Nairobi County Government. Also refer to our show cause letter to you dated 3rd July, 2015 and your response thereto. The County Government has considered you responses to the issues raised at great length and has found these responses to be grossly unsatisfactory,” he said.
“It has therefore been determined that you wilfully neglected to perform your duties and responsibilities as Chief Officer, Finance and Economic Planning. In view of the foregoing and in accordance with the applicable provisions of the relevant laws of Kenya, it has been decided to terminate your employment contract with the Nairobi City County effective today, Monday the 13th July 2015.”
The Head of the County Treasury and Accounting Stephen Osiro was also served with a letter of termination from the chairperson of the County Public Service Board Philip Kungu.
“Upon clearance and satisfactory handover, you will be paid for days worked up to and including July 13, 2015, one month salary in lieu of notice, pension contributions in accordance with the Pensions Scheme and any outstanding leave days accrued as at the date of this letter. These payments are on a purely without prejudice basis. The amounts are subject to taxation and statutory deductions and shall be less any liabilities applicable,” the letter addressed to him stated.
It is alleged that the two officers paid money for an ICT contract which was not fully undertaken and further made another payment to two other firms for the same contract which did not yield the needed results.
In September 2009, Hausraum Ltd was identified to provide consultancy services for the establishment of an Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment Platform at an initial contract sum of Sh11.7 million.
There was however no evidence that this was done despite payments being made in full and two other related firms were paid a further Sh85 million for execution of the contract without any visible results.
The dismissal comes at a time Kiamba is battling a court case in which the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is accusing him of stealing hundreds of millions of shillings from City Hall.
The anti-graft body alleged that he gained his assets whose net worth is Sh400 million through fraudulent transactions despite getting a salary of Sh85,000 per month.
According to the commission, Kiamba’s ‘unjustifiable’ vast empire includes a town house in Kileleshwa, two maisonettes in South C, eight plots of land in Mavoko, Muthaiga and Machakos.
He also owns a fleet of six cars as well as four apartments in Kilimani.
Kiamba however insisted that all his property is registered under Tracy Musau, his wife and Jimise Limited.
He said all of it was financed through bank loans charged to Equity Bank.
Show cause letters have also been written to 13 other accountants including the Director of Audit Edward Gichana.