, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – Suspended Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi can finally breathe a sigh of relief after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko again cleared him of abuse of office charges and recommended that his file be closed.
It was the second time the DPP was issuing the recommendation after the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission re-submitted more evidence to back their accusations.
“The inquiry file was initially submitted to the DPP on 25th May 2015 with a recommendation to charge Kambi with the offence of abuse of office,” read a statement from the DPP continuing to state that after an independent review of its contents, he was not satisfied that there was sufficient evidence to meet the threshold and warrant criminal prosecution of Kambi.
The file was resubmitted to him by EACC on September 23, 2015.
The DPP stated that the resubmitted file containing more evidence could not sustain the proposed charges and directed that the file be closed.
Kambi had been accused of irregularly appointing Erastus Mwongera, Andrew Gichamba Muigai and Veska Kangogo as members of the National Social Security Fund board.
He was also being investigated for alleged involvement in corrupt dealings in the controversial NSSF’s Tassia Phase II housing project whose cost was inflated without the board’s approval and also the construction of a business complex along Kenyatta Avenue.
Throughout the probe, Kambi maintained his innocence stating that he was ready to resign if found guilty.
Kambi was among five Cabinet Secretaries whose names were included in the list of shame submitted to Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta in early March and was forced to step aside to pave way for investigations.
Also cleared by the DPP was suspended Agriculture CS Felix Koskei who was facing accusations that he leased out land belonging to Kenya Veterinary Vaccine Production Institute (Kevevapi) at Tigoni and ploughed 100 acres where he planted potatoes.
Only Charity Ngilu (Lands) and Michael Kamau (Transport) have been taken to court.