NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25 – Detectives at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission are pursuing former Kasarani legislator Elizabeth Ongoro and 18 others, over a ghost project that has seen the taxpayers lose Sh48.9 million.
Already, the detectives have nabbed former District Development Officer Kefa Omanga Omoi and former Constituency Development Fund (CDF) member committee Jecinta Akoth Opondi.
The anti-graft body through a statement issued on Thursday revealed the amount was paid to businesspeople in a fraudulent procurement process, for a non-existent Kasarani Girls High School.
EACC Chief Executive Office Twalib Mbarak said the money was paid to different individuals and five entities, all associated to the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) patron and committee members.
“The Commission established that the award of the contract for the construction of the school was made without due regard to the procurement laws, the school does not and that payments were made to different individuals and Companies associated to the National Government Constituency Development Fund patron and committee members for services not rendered,” he said.
Mbarak said the 21 suspects will face 9 charges, among them misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office, conflict of interest and unlawful acquisition of public property.
The other counts include engaging in a project without prior planning, fraudulent acquisition of public property, dealing with suspect property contrary to Section47(2) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement and engaging in a project without proper planning.
Those asked to present themselves to EACC headquarters at the Integrity Centre include Mwalim Rashid Mrafi (Former CDF fund manager), Ruth Kanini Katonyi (Former Kasarani District Development Officer),Silvan Onyango (Former CDF committee member), Pamela Mudha (Former CDF committee member), Nashon Odongo (Former provincial accountant, Nairobi), Claperton Ouda (Former CDF committee member), Douglas Parshet (Former Fund CDF Manager) and Vitalis Obunga Ogingo (Former Regional Accountant , Nairobi.)
Others are businessmen Ferdinand Masha Kenga, Maricius Otieno, Peter Aming, Maurice Orongo, William Ogotu Weda, James Juma Ochieng, Peter Ongeyo, Charles Owino, John Obonyo Owinga and James Miruka Dola.
Mbarak did not indicate whether they will be charged in court on Friday or next week on Monday.