Ruto’s Chief of Staff Implicated in Kshs21B Scandal

DP Ruto's Chief of Staff Ken Osinde

DP Ruto’s Chief of Staff Ken Osinde

Deputy Presidents Chief of staff Ken Osinde is one of the latest victims to be implicated into a corruption scandal.

The corruption scandal was revealed when examination of how billions were spent in the construction of a dam. Director of Criminal Investigation revealed that Osinde was paid Ksh. 47 million by the controversial Italian firm CMC Di Ravena.

According to Daily Nation Newspaper’s top story, the confidant is listed as a director of an insurance company that reportedly received the money from the controversial firm.

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Ken Osinde who is among one of the 120 directors of various firms that were part of the now failed project with the parent firm which is at the center of the Kshs 63 Billion dam scandal and has since been declared bankrupt by Italy.

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The firm, CMC Di Ravena, had been contracted by Kerio Valley Development Authority in 2017 to construct Arrow and Kamwarer dams and billions sent to it as deposit by the National Treasury.

Since the revelation of the failed projects came out, DCI George Kinoti vowed to follow the insurance company associated with Osinde until the matter is resolved.

A section of Itare Dam in Kuresoi North.

A section of Itare Dam in Kuresoi North.

“We shall pursue the insurance company to tell us what they insured, and if they insured the project, they will have to pay Kenyans for the loss,” stated Kinoti.

Before becoming the Chief of Staff to Ruto, Osinde served as Kenyan envoy to Germany, Romani, and Bulgaria.

Other influential people mentioned in the scandal include former Attorney General Charles Njonjo, Head of Civil Service Jeremiah Kiereini and the late cabinet minister John Michuki.

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Although no evidence showed that the directors were part of the syndicate, Kinoti revealed that some of them revealed that they had been asked to deliver materials unrelated to construction at yards in Eldoret and Nairobi.

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Billions Uhuru Kenyatta Has Lost In Office

Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta’s office cannot account for Ksh. 2.7 billion as revealed by Auditor General Edward Ouko.

The president is said to have spent the money on confidential expenditure in three financial years between the year 2014 and 2016 as revealed by an examination report.

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Ksh. 165,587,200 were paid to various companies for motor vehicles supply.

Ksh. 105, 000,000 worth of expenditure was charged on a general expense without documents that approve the allocation.

Ksh. 22,324,851 worth of goods were purchased by various State Houses and Lodges. They were procured and received in Nairobi then delivered to various stations.

Auditor General Edward Ouko

Auditor General Edward Ouko

The goods purchased under a report done during the January and February 2017 shows that the goods purchased were never received and no records kept to prove the same.

Ksh. 61,537,194 worth of bills had no invoices, delivery notes, contract documents, and Local Purchase Orders to support their acquisition.

Although the presidency disclosed a summary of fixed assets acquired in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, an assets register had not been maintained which is contrary to Regulation 143 of the Public Finance Management (National Government) Regulations, 2015.

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These payments indicate that they were not posted as verified in the Verification of the IFMIS ledger. there is also the indication that there could be unexplained cash withdrawals.

Kenyatta has on several occasions stated that he wants his legacy to be that of winning the war on graft, however, this latest discovery will put a dent on the fight against corruption.

How Governors Transfer Millions to a Secret CoG Account to Hire Choppers

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya arriving in a chopper

Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya arriving in a chopper

Most county Governors have been seen on Choppers moving about their counties launching projects and even visiting other counties.

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According to the Sunday Standard, out of Ksh250 million being probed by auditors at least Ksh150 million has been used to hire helicopters.

The Council of Governors chairman Josephat Nanok with his counterparts

The Council of Governors chairman Josephat Nanok with his counterparts

The only one allowed the privilege of using choppers while on official duties is the chairman of the council governors currently held by Governor Josphat Nanok.

Governor who want to enjoy the same privilege as the Chairman council of governors makes an extra contribution which is wired directly to the operational account from which they hire choppers from.

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“At CoG, only the chairman has the privilege of using a chopper while on official duties. This must be logged in as an official to be legal. However, governors have been using choppers but the payments cannot be traced back to their counties,’ said a source.

It costs Ksh. 170,000 to hire a chopper for only one hour in Kenya.

“To get the chopper, you send an email to the CEO of the Council of Governors who picks for you the chopper from the list of the prequalified companies and will generate an invoice to be settled by debiting the county account,” Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya told theStandard.

EACC has been probing and has interrogated some officers who have been involved in the chopper scandal.

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