, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 1 – Former Garsen Member of Parliament Danson Mungatana spent five hours at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC) as he was hard pressed to explain his role in the Sh51 million scandal involving the Kilifi County Government.
Detectives were keen to establish the role of the former legislator in the dubious Sh51 million payment by Kilifi County Government for delivery or provision of unexplained services to a company linked to him.
Mungatana was adversely mentioned in an affidavit by one of the directors being investigated for the theft of the money from the county’s account, but he says it is a move to derail his gubernatorial aspirations in his home County, Tana River.
“I trust God that the truth will be found. If we were to do things, we would have done when we had control of the CDF and not outside here when we are looking for votes,” he said.
“My mother would faint if she ever founds there is anything like that, my children know me…this is a clear case of, let us use this person as a hand washing machine. It is not going to happen.”
According to the affidavit by Lucy Kibogo, a director of Zohal Services Limited, she received the said money upon a request by the former legislator.
“I hold that this was clear politics and a clear case of mudslinging. We have decided with my lawyers to do everything possible to get to the bottom of this story,” he said.
“There is someone seated somewhere who is very unhappy today because they thought by throwing the name of Mungatana, they will hide the evil they have been doing. You cannot use the name of Mungatana to clear yourself. You must bear the burden of guilt and be ready to face the consequences. Money has been lost.”
Mungatana addressed journalists on Wednesday evening at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters while in the company of three lawyers.
He dismissed the affidavit saying it has no basis.
“There is absolutely nothing to worry about,” he asserted.
He disowned Kibogo as a stranger being used by his political enemies to slow his ambitions and protect the real culprits.
“Those who have sworn these affidavits have no basis. I don’t know them. This was well planned by politicians,” he said. “This is a political year and things will be said.”
The Sh51 million is said to have been siphoned using the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).
Already, 10 county officials whose IFMIS passwords are said to have been used to steal the funds have been suspended.
Two other directors of other companies involved in the scandal have since been charged in court.