EACC wants Linturi, businessman Kiambi barred from August polls

EACC wants Linturi, businessman Kiambi barred from August polls
Patiala Distillers Kenya Ltd director’s Francis Kiambi and Mary Waigwe Muthoni during a court session. PHOTO/Courtesy

Four Senatorial aspirants have been blacklisted by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) as having questionable integrity and not fit to run in the August 8, 2017 General Election.

According to an EACC document to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) vetting committee, the four are under investigations while others have cases pending in court.

Meru Gubernatorial aspirant and Igembe North Member of Parliament, Mithika Linturi, is being probed over allegations that the self-declaration for 2013 elections filed with IEBC, the candidate declared that he graduated at University of Nairobi in the year 2001.

EACC investigations established that the candidate is not a graduate of the University of Nairobi and that he falsified declaration form to IEBC in 2013. Based on this, the anti-graft wants his barred from contesting in the August polls.

Businessman Kiriiro Francis Kiambi, who is eyeing the Tharaka Nithi gubernatorial seat, according to the EACC document, was investigated over allegations of tax evasion that his company, M/s Patiala Distillers Kenya Ltd was found culpable of tax evasion by a joint team of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and EACC-intelligence.

Investigations by the EACC established that the candidate was culpable and was charged in a Nairobi Court although the case is still pending in court.

Mr Kiambi, who wants to unseat Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, rose to face in 2015 during the country’s deadliest crackdown on second generation liquor where he defended local brewers whom he said were being targeted in the war against illicit liquor.

Mr Kiambi’s company, Patiala Distillers Kenya Ltd, is accused of evading tax revenues amounting to Ksh 7 million.

Last year, detectives from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and EACC raided a godown in Nairobi’s Industrial Area and confiscated ethanol worth millions of shillings that was linked to Mr Kiambi’s company.

Diriye Abdulahi Mohammed, who is eyeing the Wajir Senatorial seat, was found culpable of causing disturbance at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) and was charged in the Makadara Court where he pleaded guilty. He paid two fines of Ksh 10,000 and Ksh 40,000 to secure his freedom.

David Kinisu Sifuna of Trans Nzoia County was found culpable and charged at a Nairobi Court with misappropriation of Ksh 3 million allocated to the Trans Nzoia County Assembly by the County Government.

Will the candidates prove the ethics body otherwise? Its a wait-and-see situation as IEBC combs through the list.

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