The Nairobi County Finance chief has been summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to answer to allegations of a Kshs.275Million heist orchestrated by officials of the County through fictitious supplies.
Detectives from the anti-graft body EACC, are today scheduled to grill in County Chief Officer in charge of Finance in connection with the alleged heist.
The County Finance Officer at the Nairobi City County was issued with the summons following a damning whistleblowing report. The whistleblower has petitioned the anti-graft body to investigate the scam involving companies said to be owned or co-owned by County officials.
“To facilitate our investigation, kindly inform Mr. Halkano Diida Waqo Chief Officer Finance to avail himself at Integrity Centre, on 30th June 2021 at 9am for an interview and statement recording on the matter,” reads part of a letter dated June 28, 2021 addressed to the Nairobi County Secretary said to have been written by EACC.
The summons said to have been issued by the anti-graft body for the Finance Chief were reportedly received by the County Assembly yesterday. However, the reports indicate that the directors of the firms are yet to be summoned.
The companies indicted in the dossier include; Tsuma Trading Company Limited which was allegedly paid Kshs.82.6million, Flexilease Limited-Kshs.89million, Msafiri Feeds Limited- Kshs.39million, and Throughout General Supplies Limited- Kshs.17.7million.
Others include; Asmara Ventures Limited Kshs.27million, Capital Waste Management Limited- Kshs.10million, and Daasanach Construction Limited Kshs.9million.
The companies were allegedly paid for the supply and delivery of food and non-food items for disaster emergencies to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic to 127,500 households. The whistleblower said the supplies were fictitious as no food was ever supplied to the county and no food was ever distributed to anyone.
It is alleged that the firms are proxy companies of Nairobi County Assembly Members (MCAs), County staff members or directly belong to the Ward representatives.
The letter is also copied to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Director of Criminal Investigations, and acting Nairobi Governor.
Corruption cartels involving companies owned by government officials have been fleecing public funds at a time many Kenyans are suffering from the devastating effects of the global Covid 19 pandemic. These networks have taken advantage of the suffering of Kenyans to enrich themselves creating an emerging crop of so-called Covid millionaires.