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Embakasi North MP James Gakuya arrested over CDF money

By Cyrus Ombati | Published Wed, August 22nd 2018 at 14:24, Updated August 22nd 2018 at 15:36 GMT +3
Embakasi North James Gakuya at a past function. EACC detectives arrested him on Wednesday. (File, Standard)

Embakasi North MP James Mwangi Gakuya was Wednesday arrested for corruption related charges.

Gakuya is accused of breaking procurement laws to get businesses for his companies from the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) valued at more than Sh40 million.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officials pounced on him in the city after getting green light to arrest and prosecute him.

The issue was detected by banks, which noticed he was transferring CDF money to the family companies.

EACC spokesman Yassin Aila said investigations had shown the MP used family companies that he registered to do businesses.

“The businesses included construction works in the constituency. He used the companies to procure and supply for the CDF which is against the law,” said Aila.

Gakuya had been questioned two weeks ago by the detectives. He told the officials he was helping youths who could not raise the needed portfolio get the business and be paid.

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He was picked and taken to Integrity Centre for processing ahead of his arraignment on Thursday.

His arrest comes in the wake of sustained war on corruption, which many see as a major threat to development. Other pundits say tribalism is a major issue affecting development at large.

President Kenyatta met the commission at the weekend and told them they have his full support and urged them to step up the fight against corruption. The president advised the EACC to work closely with other agencies in the fight against the vice, saying the war against graft should not be a source of competition within Government.

This is because of the perceived competition between EACC and DCI in the war against graft at large.

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