Anti-Graft agency summons
DG Kiala over stolen pipes
By Martin Masai, Nairobi, January 2016
MACHAKOS Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala is facing a grilling session by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over alleged theft and diversion of pipes.
The pipes, valued at Sh23 million, were intended for an irrigation project in Kibauni Location as an anti-poverty intervention but were diverted to his Masinga farm(Pictured Right) by the contractor.
Interestingly,the contractor, Mr Julius Kilungu was a candidate for the Mwala Parliamentary seat where the intended project was being implemented. He has also recorded statements with the police, allegedly saying that he delivered the pipes to the Masinga farm of Mr Kiala.
The matter has been pending before the CID in Machakos since Kiala first recorded a statement as allegations surfaced that the pipes installed in his farm were bought using public finances, an allegation Kiala denies.
Observer believe that the matter would have died down had relations between Kiala and Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua remained cordial.
Dr Mutua, who instigated a County Assembly vote to impeach Kiala that collapsed at the intervention of the Senate, has been pressing for the prosecution of his deputy over the pipes, saying that the alleged theft undermines his fight to eradicate poverty from the people of Machakos.
Kiala has also been alleging at public meetings that Dr Mutua was presiding over corruption in the county and at the same time called for his prosecution.
The EACC is weighing into the pipes matter for the first time. The Commission has summoned Kiala in a letter dated January 15 2016 and signed by EACC legal director Mr David Too on behalf of chief executive Halakhe Waqo, citing the fact that the investigations are in line with EACC’s constitutional and statutory mandate.
“The commission would like you to record a statement regarding matters we are investigating. Take notice that failure to adhere to this notice will attract penal consequences,” said Mr Too.
If they find Kiala culpable, Machakos County will enter the annals of history as the first county where the governor and his deputy face criminal charges.
EACC is seeking to drag Dr Mutua to court to stand trial with six other senior officials over impropriety in the purchase of the executive fleet of the county in 2013.
Mutua’s prosecution is being delayed by a court process where he is seeking to bar EACC and the Director of Public Prosecution Mr Keriako Tobiko from prosecuting over the cars.