6 CEOs suspended for alleged involvement in corruption, procurement irregularities
By Joshua Khisa
Chief of Staff who is also the Head of Public Service Felix Kosgey has directed for the suspension of six Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).
The six are facing probe over alleged involvement in corruption and procurement irregularities within their respective institutions.
According to a statement by State House Spokesperson Hussein Homammed, the CEOs have been suspended following recommendations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The six incident End Frederick Mwamati of the Thanathi Water Works Development Agency and the Director General of the National Industrial Training Authority Stephen Ogenga.
“Mwamati is under investigation for procurement irregularities in the award of a tender for the construction of a Leather Industrial Park Water Supply Project,” read part of the statement.
Ogenga on the under hand is facing a probe for alleged procurement irregularities in award of tender for suplies at NITA.
“Similarly, the commission has written to the Board of the National Museums of Kenya to suspend Stanvas Ong’alo, the Acting Director General for alleged embezzlement of Ksh490 million through irregular payments,” the State House Spokesperson said in the statement.
Others suspected include the CEO of the Huduma Centre Secretariat Benjamin Kai Chilumo.
Chilumo, according to Hussein Mohamed is under investigation for corruption allegations when he served in the County Government of Kilifi as the Finance Chief Officer.
EACC has also written to the Cabinet Secretary for Gender Aisha Jumwa, recommending the suspension of Peter Gitaka Koria – the CEO/General Manager of Bomas of Kenya.
He is facing allegations of procurement irregularities in suplies for the institution.
“Additionally, the EACC has called for the suspension of Eng Anthony Wamukota, the General Manager of Design and Construction at Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) for alleged procurement irregularities related to the construction contract of the 400KV Loiyangalani Power Project,” the statement noted.
Also suspended is Esther Wanjiru,an accountant at KeRRA over alleged conflict of interest and possession of unexplained Welsh.
According to the State House Spokesperson, EACC has noted that the continued stay in office for the said officers might interfere and undermine ongoing probe.
Further, the EACC has also asked the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to suspend 67 police officers implicated in corruption-related malpractices.
“In issuing the directives, the Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service emphasises that the Government remains firm in its commitment to eradicating corruption which he maintains undermines its development agenda,” Mohammed said.