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Public Outcry Over Alleged Corruption: Activist Takes Aim at KURA’s Deputy Director

Feb 15, 2024 #KeNHA
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Activist has moved to court seeking the removal of senior Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA) official, Saadia Haji Adam Khalifa, over allegations of corruption and procurement irregularities of road projects in the country amounting to over Ksh19 billion.

In a petition filed at the Milimani High Court, activist Issa Muhammad wants Khalifa kicked out of office and a probe commenced over financial mismanagement and incompetence at the state agency that has led to loss of Kenyan taxpayers billions of shillings.

While seeking orders for Khalifa’s removal from office, Activist Issa says that she has committed overwhelming illegalities, irregularities and circumvention of the law by awarding tenders to her cronies and paying for projects that have not been fully completed.

“Khalifa is not fit to hold office due to her corrupt dealings and his continued stay in office as the deputy director of supply chain management at KURA is against the public interest,” the activist says.

He seeks a permanent order prohibiting Khalifa from taking any further management of KURA.

The petitioner also seeks orders compelling the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to launch an investigation on Khalifa over gross misconduct and corruption
“An order be issued directed to the EACC to conduct investigations against Khalifa with speed and or within a time frame as the court may provide,”Issa seeks.

The activist further wants the court to compel the official to step aside to allow free and credible investigations to be conducted at KURA.

The petitioner also wants the anti-graft body to commence an investigation against the officer since she has perpetuated gross acts of corruption in KURA leading to loss of public funds that cannot be accounted for.

The petitioner avers that Khalifa has facilitated the award of multi-billion road tenders in the urban areas in Kenya where all 95% of funds are allocated leaving much work not completed as per the agreement by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority.

Mr Issa says that some of the road projects that to date remain uncompleted include stalled road projects in Nairobi directly done by Tasha Holding Limited including Eastlands Savannah Road, upgrading of Uphill roads and Thika bypass among others.

In addition, the activist also says: “Khalifa has been the beneficiary of kickbacks at the authority.”

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