NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has ordered further investigations into former Home Affairs Permanent Secretary Ludeki Chweya who is accused of embezzling over Sh166 million from the Prisons Services.
Tobiko says there are, “critical gaps,” in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s inquiry file that need to be addressed before a final decision on whether he should be prosecuted on the charge is made.
Chweya is accused of misappropriating Sh166,600,000 intended for the purchase of 120 housing units for prisons officers in the 2008/9 financial year.
The EACC had recommended that that the inquiry into Chweya be closed for lack of evidence but going against their recommendation, Tobiko has ordered that the former PS be investigated over another Sh220 million he is again accused of embezzling from the Prisons Services.
The money was ear-marked for the construction of a girl-school borstal at Kamae (Kamiti) in 2012/13.
Ruaraka MP Thomas J. Kajwang is however in the clear after Tobiko found that he did nothing wrong by hiring a Parliamentary Service Commission Research Assistant as his assistant.
“The inquiry file relates to allegations that Kajwang knowingly facilitated the employment of Evelyn Achieng Osogo while she was employed by the PSC for the same position, thus allowing her to draw two salaries.”
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Tobiko has found that there is nothing illegal about the arrangement given Osogo — unlike state officers — is not prohibited from participating in any other gainful employment and Kajwang did not exceed set salary ceilings when he hired her.
“Kajwang being a member of the Chairperson’s Panel of the National Assembly is entitled to a Personal Assistant, Secretary and Office Attendant,” Tobiko explained.
Isiolo County Secretary Ibrahim Wako Boru isn’t as fortunate with Tobiko directing that he, together with other county officials, be arraigned on corruption charges.
The officials who also include members of the Isiolo tender committee and the county’s head of supply chain management Charles Mungai are accused of bid rigging when they tendered for the rehabilitation of the public baraza park in Isiolo town.
Tobiko has also green-lighted the prosecution of the directors of the construction company that was allegedly complicit in the bid rigging.
The county officials are also under investigation over the disbursement of Sh800 million intended for the construction and grading of roads in Isiolo.
The EACC has also been tasked with investigating the awarding of a 200 million shillings tender to a contractor for the provision of relief food in the county.