Hundreds of governor’s supporters hold demonstration

Hundreds of Garissa County Governor Nathif Jama’s supporters today took to the streets of Garissa town to protest what they termed as his continual harassment by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to their leader.

Waving twigs and placards that read ‘Governor 007 why always him’ the protesters started assembling at the Premier Petrol Station from 9am before marching to the EACC offices off Lamu Road through the busy Kismayu Road.

The ‘angered’ protestors also brought down EACC sign posts they came across and Jubilee candidates campaign posters along Lamu and Kismayu roads.

They disrupted transport and nearly brought business to a standstill in the town.

Addressing the press outside the EACC offices, Abdirizak Ali alias ‘iye’ who is vying the Galbeth Ward seat on an ODM ticket said we have had enough of EACC.

Currently we know there are mega projects worth of billion scandals that have been committed by the Jubilee government including the SGR, the NYS and the Health scandal. Why can’t they use the same energy and vigour they are using on our innocent Governor to prosecute those individuals and freeze their accounts, said Ali.

EACC knows these individuals but just because they are powerful in the government, they cannot be touched and are instead going for soft targets, he added.

Ali said that it was not the first time EACC was doing ‘injustice to our governor’, saying that for more than 35 times they have tried to prosecute him and taking him to the stand to answer to what he termed as ‘fake cases’.

Mustapha Khalid, said that Nathif’s woes were as a result of the interest the seat has generated, adding that his competitors have sensed defeat and were determined to frustrate him.

They took issue with the story that has made headlines in the last two days which stated that his Sh 5.3 billion account with First Community Bank, had been frozen by a court in Nairobi.

Nathif has since denied ever owning such an account and went further to produce an account statement in Nairobi that indicated he has Sh. 2,000 in his account.

Last week, a bank statement purported to be that of Nathif did rounds in the social media. The eight page statement had the three official names of the Garissa Governor.

The Nation story read that ‘the High Court on Friday froze the Governor’s account to allow the EACC to scrutinise transactions amounting to Sh 5.3 billion over the last 4 years’.

They protesters camped at the EACC offices for close to an hour waiting to be addressed by the officials. But none showed up. The gates remained closed as anti-riot police officers kept vigil from a distance.

They later left but without setting on fire several copies of the Nation Newspaper that carried the story. Some of the protesters were overheard asking the whereabouts of the Nation reporter Abdimalik Hajir who filed the story.

Garissa Township MP, Aden Duale, called for thorough investigations into the matter.

If it true that an account owned by the Governor of Garissa has received more than Sh 5 billion. Money that belonged to the people of Garissa, I want the relevant institutions to take personal responsibility, said Duale.

The Controller of Budget, the Governor of Central Bank and the Director of IFMIS in the National Treasury are culpable of these offenses. We cannot have a Central Bank and a Central Bank Governor who allow under his watch billions of tax payers money to be transferred from a government account to a private account. It has happened before during the NYS scandal and we won’t allow it to continue, he added.

Source: Kenya News Agency