The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) was on Friday pursuing suspects in over Sh 100 million scandals believed to have been siphoned off the coffers of Baringo County in two separate scandals.
Officers from the agency interrogated a number of officials from both the executive and the legislative arm of the county government.
In one scandal, some members of the county assembly (MCAs) who took night out allowances to go to Arusha, Tanzania for ten days but either did not leave the country or sneaked back after a day or two, far short of the duration they were to be there.
Each MCA getting over Sh368,000, with the total paid to all the MCAs involved coming to Sh 3million. An additional Sh 4million was used in other expenditure, bringing the total to over Sh 7 million.
Among those interrogated on Friday concerning the scandal were the assembly speaker, David Kerich, Zelemoi Ameja who is his deputy, and Nehemiah Kandie, the finance director. David Sergon, the county executive and finance chief officer Jane Barus were also grilled. 35 MCAs were also grilled.
In the second scandal, which is even bigger, EACC officials want to establish if there were irregularities in the award of contracts for the construction of roads in the “Imarisha Barabara” project.
EACC believe there could have been irregularities in the projects, which were done under the rapid results initiative. According to the agency, procurements rules were violated in the award of the tenders.
Those summoned over this scandal include Stella Kereto, the former county secretary and about 20 other officials of the county.
It could not clear as yet which of those who recorded statements are being treated as suspects.
Photo: EACC CEO Twalib Marak (left)