CORD Links Kenyatta To Anglo Leasing Scam


CORD Links Kenyatta To Anglo Leasing Scam

CORD Co-Principal Moses Wetangula said that President Uhuru Kenyatta should be investigated on whether he played a part in the Anglo Leasing scandal.

Wetangula said that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) should not do prosecutions selectively but instead extend the net to everybody involved in the scandal.

The CORD principal said that President Kenyatta cannot be excused having allegedly paid Ksh 1.7 billion to Anglo-Leasing last year.

Wetangula wants President Kenyatta to explain the circumstances that led to the payment.

GHOST FIRMS

His statement comes just a few days after 13 Anglo Leasing suspects, including two former Finance Ministers, were charged with conspiracy to defraud the government of Ksh 7 billion in the Anglo Leasing scandal.

Former Finance Ministers David Mwiraria and Senator Chris Obure are alleged to have used their powers while in office to sanction contracts and subsequent payments, some at inflated costs, to ghost firms or to companies, which never delivered the services they were paid for.

The charges were a culmination of over 10 years of investigations since the Anglo Leasing scandal came to public light.

The arraignment comes after Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Keriako Tobiko called for the arrest of 13 people behind the Anglo Leasing scam on Monday.

EVIDENCE FROM SWITZERLAND

Tobiko said he had given consent for the arrest and prosecution of the 13 over the scandal that saw Kenya lose billions of shillings in an illegal allocation of tender for the acquisition of passport equipment systems and forensic science laboratory for the police in 1997.

A French firm had put the cost of acquisition of the equipment at 6 million Euros, before the tender was awarded to a British firm Anglo Leasing Finance at 30 million Euros.

Last year, Kenya received evidence from Switzerland that revealed the identities of persons involved in the multi-billion shilling scandal.

Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai received the evidence and passed it on to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

The Anglo Leasing scandal took place in December 2003 after the Department of Immigration tried to secure a loan to mordenize the issuance of secure passports and purchase security equipment to be used at Kenya’s borders, a process that was abused.


By Maureen Murimi

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