Lobby demands details of GDC chief’s graft probe

July 2, 2015 8:56 am
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The Young Kenyan Patriots say nothing has been heard of the probe long after President Uhuru Kenyatta submitted a list of individuals under investigation over corruption claims/FILE
The Young Kenyan Patriots say nothing has been heard of the probe long after President Uhuru Kenyatta submitted a list of individuals under investigation over corruption claims/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 2 – A lobby group has now written to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) seeking to know the progress of investigations against the suspended Geothermal Development Company (GDC) Managing Director Silas Simiyu who is accused of misappropriating Sh2 billion.

The Young Kenyan Patriots say nothing has been heard of the probe long after President Uhuru Kenyatta submitted a list of individuals under investigation over corruption claims.

“We have noted that the above has never been called for interrogation and we are therefore seeking information on the matter in line with the Constitution,” the lobby group said in a statement issued by its chairperson Mark Moses.

The EACC has been investigations allegations of corruption activities at GDC for more than one year following allegations that public funds running into hundreds of millions have been lost.

In the list presented to Parliament by President Kenyatta, the EACC indicates that it is investigating Simiyu of on allegations of procurement irregularities during a tender for the purchase of land Rigs, two incidents of financial improprieties and gross staff mismanagement at the firm.

EACC was not immediately available to comment on the progress of the investigations.

Simiyu was last week ordered to appear at the Kibera Law Courts on Friday when a determination will be made on whether a citizen, Patrick Kinyua, will be allowed to prosecute him privately, after filing a suit accusing the EACC of not taking appropriate action.

The magistrate’s court is expected to determine whether to allow Kinyua to institute private prosecution against Simiyu who is accused of abuse of office during his tenure at GDC.

“The applicant and the respondent must be in court in person on July 3. An order cannot be issued against either unless they are in court in person,” Kibera magistrate Bryan Khaemba ruled last week.

Simiyu is among more than 100 top State officials under investigations on allegations of involvement in corrupt activities leading to the loss of public funds both at the counties and national government.

Some of them, including Cabinet Secretaries and Principals stepped aside while others are still in office, with others having been charged.

Two suspended Cabinet Secretaries Charity Ngilu (Lands) and her Transport counterpart Michael Kamau were charged separately after investigations while three other Cabinet Secretaries who had stepped aside were cleared in some of the cases.

Those cleared in some of the cases include Kazungu Kambi (Labour), Davis Chirchir (Energy) and Felix Koskei of the Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries ministry.

President Kenyatta had assured that any official cleared by the EACC will get back to their positions.

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