Lead anti-graft body Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has moved in to investigate corruption allegations at Wajir County, which led to the ouster of former Wajir Governor Mohamed Abdi Mahamud from office in May this year.
Sleuths from the anti-graft agency raided the County offices and homes of various officials and carted away documents related to procurement and payments at the County.
Among the documents taken away by the detectives include tender and procurement documents as well as payment vouchers. The detectives also carted away mobile phones belonging to some top county officials. The Governor was ousted by the members of the County Assembly over what they termed as gross mismanagement of public funds.
During the impeachment proceedings which were ratified by the Senate, the former Governor was accused of mismanagement of Kshs.194Million, funds meant for combating the global Covid 19 pandemic at the County. A Senate Special committee upheld his impeachment by the Members of County Assembly (MCA), which recommended Mahamud’s removal from office for endangering the health of the people of Wajir. The committee, chaired by Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni found Mahamud guilty of gross violation of the Constitution, County Governments Act, Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act and the Public Finance Management Act, grounds which met the threshold for impeachment.
Confirming the raid, EACC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Twalib Mbarak said that the commission is investigating allegations of embezzlement of county funds and other malpractices. The Commission is also recording statements from witnesses and persons of interests. The CEO also said that the agency is also perusing documents presented during the impeachment process at the Senate.
Also said to be on radar of the anti-graft agency are businessmen who featured prominently during the impeachment motion against the former Governor, who are said to have done business with the county, and whom the MCAs referred to as “errand boys”. EACC is also said to be examining huge withdrawals and deposits to the former governor’s spouse bank account.
Investigations by anti-graft agencies have seen high profile individuals netted, and following a historic ruling by Justice Mumbi Ngugi, the officials have been forced to step out of their offices as their cases proceeded. A number, among them former Nairobi and Kiambu County Governors have proceeded to be ousted out of their offices through impeachment as the fight against corruption gains momentum and fresh impetus.