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Sakaja meets Finance department to sanitize corruption at City hall

Aug 28, 2023 #Nairobi
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Nairobi Governor Johnson convened a discreet meeting with the County’s Finance Department, aiming to address the prevalent corruption concerns within City Hall.

The move is seen as an effort to cleanse the tarnished reputation of the County government.
This action follows intense efforts by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to uncover the embezzlement of significant sums of money by Governor Sakaja’s Government.

It is alleged that he channeled funds to fictitious top-ranking companies, leaving investigators working tirelessly to trace the trail of these illicit transactions.

Termed the “2nd Wave 100-Day Summative Evaluation,” today’s gathering occurred at the Weston Hotel.
Confidential sources within the governor’s office revealed to this writer that the meeting had little to do with developmental or policy matters of the county. Instead, it focused primarily on addressing corrupt activities that have plagued the County.

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The corruption scheme is suspected to have involved a coordinated effort between sector heads within the Nairobi County government, procurement officers, contractors, and officials from the County Treasury.
This collaborative endeavor was skillfully designed to embezzle hundreds of millions from the public funds, leaving behind scant traces of the purported services.

Compounding the issue, the Controller of Budget (CoB), Margaret Nyakang’o, refused to endorse expenditures totaling Sh1.5 billion for legal fees and development costs. These disbursements lacked the necessary documentation, triggering concerns about their legitimacy.

Under the administration of Governor Sakaja, there was a plan to allocate Sh2 billion to settle outstanding bills with 19 law firms. However, due to insufficient supporting evidence, CoB Nyakang’o requested a reassessment of the payment schedule.

The absence of invoice dates has complicated efforts to ascertain whether these bills were truly pending or if they pertained to services invoiced within the current fiscal year.

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