EACC raids Nakuru county headquarters over graft claims

Officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) yesterday raided county offices for the second time in a span of four months over graft claims.

The EACC sleuths visited Nakuru county headquarters on Friday and carted away documents, as they commenced investigations on health and road projects in Elementaita ward in Gilgil sub-county, which was allocated Sh25 million in 2015-2016 financial year for various projects.

The incident comes barely a month after the officers raided the homes and offices of Finance Executive Anne Njenga and a senior accountant Billy Kiprotich after information leaked that they had spent over Sh20 million on questionable transactions.

Sources at the county revealed that among the projects in Elementaita under investigation is the Tangi Tano Health Centre, which required repair even before it had been commissioned.

Health and road officers were asked to surrender documents on the projects to assist the EACC team in their investigations.

Residents had also registered their complaints about the poor state of the recently rehabilitated Kiptangwanyi–Munanda–Kanorero road.

EACC South Rift Deputy Director Gilbert Lukhoba said he was not privy to the nature of the investigations as the team, which visited the county came from Nairobi.

"I was aware of the team from Nairobi that visited the county headquarters but I cannot certainly say what they were looking for," he said.

Elementaita Ward Representative Moses Ndungu said he was also not aware of the specific projects under scrutiny as the EACC had not communicated to him.

"The Executive is best placed to respond, as the letter by the EACC on the questionable projects was directed to them," he said.