Former CS Kambi Kazungu back to government

Kazungu Kambi

President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated former Labour Cabinet Secretary Kambi Kazungu the chairperson of the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NGCDF).

The former CS will assume the new role upon approval by the National Assembly.

Kambi was left out of the Cabinet during a reshuffle by President Kenyatta in November last year following graft allegations that saw him suspended.

Kambi was replaced by Phylis Kandie, the then CS for East African Affairs.

Kambi’s suspension was informed by a move by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has recommended he be charged over alleged graft.

The EACC resubmitted his probe file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after carrying out further investigations into the corruption allegations leveled against the CS.

Kambi, who stepped down from office, was linked in corruption deals at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) where he is said to have strongly supported the NSSF Tassia II project despite clear indications that the board of trustees did not approve the upward review of the project’ cost from Ksh 3 billion to Ksh 5 billion.

Previously, Kambi had been quoted as saying that he does not condone corruption and that should he ever be found culpable of graft, the President should take a gun and shoot him at close range.

“I stand by my word, that if I am found to be corrupt I should not only be sacked but also killed,” he quipped.

“The fact that I have been mentioned doesn’t mean I am corrupt, I support the President 200 per cent,” said Kambi.

Kambi was among five Cabinet Secretaries who stepped down following the release of the report.

Others included: Eng. Michael Kamau (Transport and Infrastructure), Charity Ngilu (Lands), Henry Koskei (Agriculture) and Davis Chirchir (Energy).

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Story By Koome Kimonye
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