Samburu governor arrested over graft

Taita TavetaEACC raid homes belonging to Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine

Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine has been arrested over a Sh84-million-fuel-supply scandal.

Kasaine was arrested from his city home on Tuesday morning by detectives from the ethics and anti-corruption commission EACC.

The arrest comes after the DPP Noordin Haji approved the arrest and prosecution of the Samburu Governor on Monday night.

Haji said investigations have established Kasaine was trading with the county government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since March 27, 2013, to date.

“It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers,” Haji said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

According to the DPP, Kasaine shared the millions he received from the county coffers with Ndathi, his business associate in Oryx.

“The payment received by the said service station was facilitated by the chief officers in contravention of the law,” he said.

Kasaine is now set to face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office and conflict of interest.

The DPP is also tracking Samburu Deputy Governor Julius Lesooto, County Secretary Stephen Letinina, Chief Finance Officer Daniel Lenolkirina, former Environment Chief Officer Josephine Lenasalia, Agriculture Chief Officer Reuben Lemunyete and former Education Chief Officer Linus Lenolngenje.

Others in the DPP’s radar are Paul Lolmingani (Transport Chief Officer), Bernard Lesurmat (Lands Chief Officer), Lillian Baluga (former Gender Chief Officer), Andrew Lanyasunya (Gender Chief Officer), David Loosenge (Sports Chief Officer), Geoffrey Kitewan (Head Supply Chain Management) and businessman Hesbon Ndathi.

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