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House clears Ngilu of graft allegations

BUSIA
By | April 14th 2011

Water Minister Charity Ngilu has been exonerated from allegations of corruption at her ministry.

A parliamentary committee instead made a variety of recommendations that include the sacking of the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation chairman Engineer Godfrey Ng’ang’a Manguriu.

At the same time, the committee took issue with the former assistant minister in the ministry Mwangi Kiunjuri, who had raised the allegations, accusing him of evading questions of unsupported claims by Elburgon Stores Ltd and Associated Companies worth Sh430 million at the NWCPC.

"The committee is of the view that had Mwangi Kiunjuri not been transferred, he might not have raised these issues. His motive in making the allegations is less than clear," the report reads in part.

Protection

The committee chaired by Gachoka MP Mutava Musyimi also concluded that Kiunjuri on August 30, 2010 visited the controversial Umaa Dam, which is in Ngilu’s constituency without informing the minister.

"The committee noted that out of the visit, the matter of the dam became an issue and subsequently the contractor went to court seeking protection from termination of contract for the first time with NWCPC," adds the report.

The committee said Ngilu had prior to allegations taken action on some of the allegations. Ngilu dissolved the NWCPC on October 30, 2009 and also invited the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission, CID and Ministry of Public Works to investigate the cause of the fire on September 24 at the corporation.

They also said the minister had directed the corporation to stop fraudulent payments of Sh26 million to Elburgon Stores Ltd.

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