Embattled EACC Chair grilled by DCI over fraud allegations

By Beth Nyaga

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairperson Philip Kinisu has recorded a statement with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations over allegations of fraud.

Kinisu was summoned to appear before the DCI to shed light on how his family company, Esaki Limited, won lucrative government tenders worth millions of shillings.

The anti-graft body boss underwent hours of grilling giving details on how his family company, won government tender of supplying goods to the NYS.

The NYS is under investigation over questionable supply deals in light of revelations that the institution lost close to 800 million shillings paid to shadowy companies for services not rendreded.

The DCI is part of a multi-agency team investigating Mr Kinisu family’s business dealings with the NYS and Ministry of Health.

Also under investigation for money laundering claims is a non-governmental organisation called African Population and Health Research Centre.

Other members of the multi-agency team are the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Directorate of Public Prosecution and the Assets Recovery Agency.

Last week, the EACC boss confirmed that Ekasi was paid Ksh 35 million by NYS during the period when it was faced with the Sh791 million scandal that claimed the jobs of top officials at the Ministry of Devolution.

EACC is still conducting investigations into the NYS scandal, but Kinisu defended himself saying that he does not see any possible conflict of interest should the investigations touch his company.

“Is it wrong for any Kenyan to do business with government? My wife has worked hard for these contracts and it bad to demonise her for it,” he said at a press conference last Tuesday.

Kinisu blamed his problems on powerful “crooks” whom he did not name.

He said his agency is investigating 7,000 corruption cases, some of them “high-profile”.

He also blamed internal schemes by officials opposed to his planned vetting of all staff at the agency.

 

 

  

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