49 MCA's, journalist interviewed over KES 62 million theft
04 February 2016, 12:41
Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission EACC has started probing a KES 62.5 million graft claim involving 49 members of the Murang’a County Assembly.
The MCAs together with 20 other officers at the assembly, the clerk and a journalist were quizzed over claims that they received KES 62.5 million as allowances to visit six countries, the trips which have never been made.
The members started trooping one by one, some with lawyers at the EACC regional offices in Nyeri town.
Although the grilling remained a private affair, the officials were busy in their offices questioning the leaders.
The investigators are handling three persons per day according to sources.
Sources said the exercise has been continuing silently and each is grilled separately for about three hours.
Reliable sources said the exercise commenced last year after queries were raised by the public, controller of budget and the auditor general's office for the 2013/ 2014 financial year.
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EACC deputy director Jackson Mue however refused to speak to the media when sought for comments and left word behind that he would communicate officially when all those involved are grilled.
“I would only divulge such information once the agency was through with the questioning, as doing so could jeopardize investigations,” he said.
EACC has confiscated the suspects’ passports to verify if they had travelled as majority of them claimed.
The MCAs are alleged to have used fake documents indicating they travelled out of the country for five days, but never left the country.
The trips were reported to have been to countries such as Tanzania, Netherlands and Rwanda, with some inflating the number of days travelled and with falsified documents to receive allowances.
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