Panic as DCI invades Kakamega county

Panic as DCI invades Kakamega county

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Three ministers and six chief officers of Kakamega county are among 17 people summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations for questioning over graft and abuse of office. They are county executive committee members for finance and economic planning Geoffrey Omulayi , Beatrice Sabane (public service and administration) and county secretary Jacinta Aluoch. Odhiambo, chief officers and their support staff have a date with sleuths this week. The regional DCI boss Nicholas Etyang declined to divulge more information on the case only claiming to be in Nairobi when reached on phone for a comment. The interrogations were scheduled to begin last Friday and end on May 21 but failed to take off. Three weeks ago, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya ordered the suspension of three senior county officers and carried a mini reshuffle affecting the finance docket following graft claims in which treasury reportedly it had lost Sh2 million through the payment of false claims. Abigael Injika who worked as an administrative officer in the public service department, Howard Lidala (accountant, finance and economic planning) and Mercy Mukachelelwa (accountant, trade and industrialization) have since been sidelined. Summonses have the suspended officers among those to be questioned. The chief officers include Jeremiah Okelo Namunyu (agriculture), John Lucheli Imbogo (sports, formerly finance and planning), Beatrice Etemesi (health services), Irene Ashioya (education), Lawrence Angolo Omuhaka (planning) and Fanuel Wemali (trade and industrialization). The support staff whose statements are required include Beatrice Muyonga (planning department), Jensen Jamgun (accountant, education department), Dominic Maunde (agriculture department), Beatrice Libesa (secretary, chief officer public service) and Simon Afula (former PA to Embargo). The DCI is investigating breaches on the expenditure of public resources through acts of collusion and commission by the officers to spend public money in disregard to public finance management Act. The officers will also be grilled to establish the role of any in acts of theft by a public officer, abuse of office conspiracy to defraud and conflict of interest, according to letters summoning the officers.