NAIROBI, Kenya Sep 21 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission says summons for Hassan Noor Hassan, the Secretary in charge of Administration at the Devolution Ministry still stands even after he failed to present himself on Tuesday.
A letter from the commission dispatched to him shows that he is required to shed light on procurement of consultancy services that are under investigation.
The letter from EACC stated that he was “record a statement on alleged procurement irregularities in the procurement of consultancy services for user support services and conduct of sensitization campaign to enhance access to 30% reservation of government procurement opportunities by the officials of the devolution ministry.”
“The summonses are valid and we expect him to come to the commission at a later date,” an EACC official said.
The investigations cover the 2014/15 financial year.
The Devolution ministry has been under investigation for the loss of hundreds of millions of shillings, including the Sh791 million that led the resignation of Anne Waiguru who was in charge of the ministry.
On Tuesday, political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi whose firm the Consulting House was contracted to draft a reform strategy for the National Youth Service said Waiguru had ignored his advice that there were no proper structures to curb graft at the department.
Ngunyi told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the Consulting House has already refunded some Sh12 million that was overpaid to it, and accused the ministry of lying that it had not sent back the money—even after writing to them three times seeking clarification on the pay.
“The question I know you want to ask is why did it take so long to wire the money, the PS (Public Service and Youth Lillian Mbogo Omollo) when she appeared before you told you that they had written to us three times. I think you should cite her for perjury because that’s a lie. And then she said after writing to us we never responded, that’s another lie. The letter she wrote to us (in August) gave us details of where we should wire the money and we told her we had received the letter but we’re seeking legal counsel and we are also doing due diligence.”
Ngunyi who described himself as the ‘Chief Surgeon’ of NYS’s restructuring also expressed shock at the amounts those who were engaged to implement TCH’s recommendations ended up minting.
“After I saw how much money people made, and they made this money from an idea that we originated, I was completely shocked. In fact my wife told me I’m very dumb because I could have asked for more. If you look for instance the media and publicity budgets, there were up to Sh1 billion plus and everything they were implementing was our own thinking yet we charged Sh90 million and the Auditor General said it was reasonable. He did not question the whole question of value for money. The only thing he questioned was the Sh12 million.”