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EACC to recover ill-gotten money

01 December 2015, 09:18 Obare Nyamota

Nairobi - The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) wants a former Nakuru County Trade Executive surcharged to refund KES 2.6 million illegally paid to him as salaries.

EACC Deputy Director South Rift region, Gibert Lukhoba disclosed to News24 that they had since written to Sam Gitau seeking recovery of all emoluments paid to him as salaries, benefits and allowances as well as honorary awards as the best trade ‘minister’ after it was established he used fake academic papers to secure his job.

This followed the release of a report by the Auditor General questioning the payments made to Gitau for a position he was not qualified to hold.

The AG’s report questioned why Gitau continued withdrawing salaries even after the illegality was reported to the Nakuru county authorities.

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“It was not clear how the member’s resume (Sam Gitau's) was scrutinized or why reference from the former employer was not sought,” part of the report read.

Gitau stepped aside on May 7, 2014 following revelation by a Nakuru based non-governmental organisation that he used fake papers to win an appointment, among them a fake degree certificate allegedly issued by a UK-based university.

The CEC during his vetting produced a fake Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Brunel in London and KCPE and KCSE certificates whose authenticity was established to have been forged.

“The County Executive Committee member was appointed on the basis of falsified credentials and therefore the money paid to him as a minister must be recovered forthwith,” said Lukhoba.

In the anti-Gitau suit filed on May 13, 2014 by County Efficiency in Development, the NGO questioned Gitau’s shortlisting, vetting and appointment to the post.

The NGO claimed the CEC was irregularly appointed and sought a declaration that all salaries, benefits, allowances and honours he received while in office were unlawful and ill-gotten.

The NGO had told the court that Gitau was appointed on basis of falsified credentials which he presented to the County public service Board to get the job.

However, Justice Anthony Ndung’u declared that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter and struck it out.

The judge said the petitioner failed to present its evidence on Gitau’s suitability to the Nakuru County Public Service Commission, that was mandated to vet Gitau.

Gitau through his lawyer Peter Chege dismissed the NGO's claims as unfounded, saying the deposits into his accounts were from a legitimate source of income.

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