By Victor Muyakane.
Ruaraka Mp Thomas Joseph Kajwang can now breathe easy, after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko ordered closure of a graft file linking him to the allegedly irregular employment of Everlyn Achieng Osogo.
Kajwang employed Ms. Osogo, already a Parliamentary Service Commission Research Assistant, as his own Personal Assistant leading to Ms Osogo maintaining two jobs and drawing salary for both.
DPP Tobiko has found that there is nothing illegal about the arrangement, as Ms Osogo, who is not a state officer, is not prohibited from participating in any other gainful employment and Kajwang did not exceed set salary ceilings when he hired her.
Tobiko also added that since Kajwang is a member of the Chairperson’s Panel of the National Assembly he’s entitled to a Personal Assistant, Secretary and Office Attendant. As such, the Ruaraka lawmaker had no case to answer.
However, that was not the case for former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Dr. Ludeki Chweya.
The DPP has directed further investigations into allegations of misappropriation of 166 million shillings meant for purchase of prison offices and development of girl’s school borstal institution between 2008 and 2013.
The EACC had earlier in December recommended that that the inquiry into Chweya be closed for lack of evidence but Tobiko has ordered that the former PS be investigated over another Sh220 million he is again accused of embezzling from the Prisons Services.
At the same time, Tobiko has ordered further probe into alleged irregular transfer of Integrity Centre into private entities.
The DPP disclosed that he had noticed glaring gaps in the file containing the contents about the transfer of the premises, which currently houses among others the anti corruption agency EACC, and which therefore warranted further investigations.
Tobiko also directed that Isiolo County Secretary Ibrahim Wako Boru together with other county officials, including members of the Isiolo tender committee and the county’s head of supply chain management Charles Mungai be arraigned on corruption charges.
They are accused of bid rigging when they tendered for the rehabilitation of the public Baraza park in Isiolo town.
Tobiko also called for the prosecution of the directors of the construction company that worked in cahoots with the Isiolo county government officials.
The county officials are also under investigation over the disbursement of Sh800 million intended for the road works in Isiolo.
Also under investigation on orders of the DPP is the awarding of a 200 million shillings tender to a contractor for the provision of relief food in the county.