Clear Kimemia of graft, charge Isiolo governor — EACC

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has cleared former Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia of allegations that he allocated himself and his relatives 31 government vehicles.

EACC chief executive officer Halakhe Waqo said in a statement that the commission had recommended that the investigation case file be closed due to lack of evidence.

Mr Kimemia, once a powerful figure in both the grand coalition government under President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and later in the Uhuru Kenyatta administration was among scores of top government officials, including five Cabinet Secretaries, forced to step aside over corruption allegations in March.

Mr Kimemia has since been replaced by Mr Joseph Kinyua as Secretary to the Cabinet.

READ: Kimemia links ouster to power struggles in Uhuru government

The anti-graft watchdog, however, recommended that Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo be charged in court for irregularly passing the Supplementary Appropriation Act, 2014. The Act was passed by the Isiolo County Assembly on December 11.

Similarly, the EACC recommended that Isiolo County Assembly Deputy Speaker David Lemantile, the assistant clerk Boru Adan Jirima and the chairman of the Budget committee, Abdi Sora, be charged alongside the governor.

The EACC has forwarded the files to Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko who is expected to review them independently and make the final decision.    

The commission also recommended the prosecution of Bomet County Executive Committee member in charge of Health and Sanitation Stanley Kiplangat Cheruiyot and 13 county officials for flouting procurement procedures in leasing ambulances from the Kenya Red Cross.

Also likely to be charged in court are Kenya Pipeline Company chief engineer Josephat Kipkoech Sirma and the director of Redline Ltd, Ngatia Ndung’u, after the EACC added their names in the recommendation list.

It said there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the two in connection with the irregular payment of S0 million to Redline through its account at the Commercial Bank of Africa.

The payment was for the supply, installation and commissioning of three auto-transformers procured from Agecelec Industries, a French firm.

The EACC also found sufficient evidence to prosecute former Geothermal Development Company managing director Silas Simiyu over the irregular procurement of RIG Move services during the 20122013 financial year.

The commission wants Mr Simiyu to be charged alongside the firm’s company secretary Praxidis Saisi and members of the Tender Award committee including Abraham Saat, Nicholas Karume Weke, Peter Ayodo Omenda, Godwin Mwawongo, Caleb Mbayi and Bruno Linyuri.