Balala summoned by EACC in Sh100mn graft probe

February 15, 2019 12:00 pm
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Balala at Rateti elephant sanctuary.

, NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 15 – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has now summoned Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala in an investigation over some Sh100 million involving American Society of Travel Agents Expo.

A letter sent to the CS by EACC requires him to present himself to detectives at Integrity Centre on Monday morning to answer questions over the payment for the conference held in 2017.

“The commission is conducting investigations into allegations of irregular award of contract to ASTA Kenya for hosting ASTA 2017 Destination Expo Conference ad further sponsoring of Sh100 million for the conference,” the EACC letter to Balala stated, “you are kindly invited for interview and statement recording at our Integrity Centre offices on 18th February 2019, at 9 am.”

On his Twitter, Balala says he is cooperating with the detectives in the investigation and has denied reports that his homes and offices were searched.

“No raids have taken place at my house as claimed by The Standard Newspaper today, the journalist was aware prior to publishing the report of the same. My legal team is handling the matter,” the CS said.

Balala took to Twitter following a report published in the Standard Newspaper on how his Nairobi and Mombasa residences and offices were raided.

[This story has been edited to include the EACC summons]

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