The anti-corruption watchdog is investigating at least eight more governors on abuse of office and corruption as the renewed war on graft continues to gather momentum.
They include Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Mohamud Ali (Marsabit), Amason Kingi (Kilifi), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet), Ali Korane (Garissa), Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a).
It emerged that Ms Waiguru may be in more trouble than initially thought as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) widened its scrutiny in her county to include how the Sh77 million Mwea Makima Water Project was procured.
The project, which was procured under tender number CGK/MOW/OT/038/2017-2018 and meant to supply water to 30,000 residents, was awarded to a company associated with a family member of a top official in Ms Waiguru’s administration. The project was launched in May last year.
Governors have already taken issue with how EACC is going after them, claiming, they’re being targeted unfairly.
“Cabinet Secretaries are not above the law. There are those who have stolen billions,” said Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko over the weekend.
“We don’t want governors to be the only ones being arrested,” he said.
In Marsabit, EACC is investigating the procurement of relief food that was reportedly bought last year at inflated prices.
In Kilifi, EACC is looking into two different issues. In the first, detectives are trying to unearth whether the county flouted any law in paying legal fees to different law firms from 2015 to 2019. The county has submitted files to the investigative agency for scrutiny.
Mr Kingi’s administration has also been asked to provide EACC with documents on how its 150-bed capacity Covid-19 Medical Complex was procured.
EACC wants 22 original files related to the procurement and equipping of the hospital, but it has been unable to get them so far. While opening the facility in May amid allegations of corruption, Mr Kingi denied any wrongdoing.