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Kilifi roads chief officer on EACC radar – Weekly Citizen

A senior official at the Kilifi county government is under the spotlight of Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over allegations of fraudulent tenders in the department of roads.

EACC detectives are said to have launched investigations on a number of road projects in the county said to have either been fraudulently paid for more than once, abandoned or half way done yet contractors paid millions.

Among tenders said to have put Ken Kazungu aka Tungule on the crosshairs of detectives include those awarded to companies linked to Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa. The legislator has attracted the attention of detectives over suspicious infrastructure tenders from the county government.

Companies associated with the MP reportedly received Sh312 million from the county government in transactions said to have raised eyebrows.

The Financial Reporting Centre which helps identify and trace proceeds of crime and incidents of money laundering, raised the red flag over suspicious crediting of millions of shillings into the legislator’s account.

The high flying Kazungu who is said to be well connected to power brokers in Kilifi and Mombasa counties is eyeing Ganze parliamentary seat in 2022 general elections. The seat is currently held by Teddy Mwambire.

Last week, EACC detectives arrested and charged in court a former Kilifi county health chief officer Timothy Malingi and two others over an irregular tender award and illegal acquisition of public property.

Malingi and directors of Skyward Agencies Limited Cornell Otieno and Jackline Atieno were charged before a Malindi Anti-Corruption Court with failure to follow guidelines and procedures outlined in the procurement Act on the construction of a dispensary block and a pit latrine at Vishakani, Kaloleni ward.

Malingi who runs a school in Kitengela, Kajiado county is also part of a group of former Kilifi county officials facing charges of allegedly stealing Sh51 million from the county government through the Integrated Financial Management Information System.

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