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EACC grills Ward Reps over scuffle

Kinyuru Munuhe @kinyurumunuhe

Thirty five Members of the Murang’a County Assembly were yesterday grilled by the anti-graft detectives over alleged graft. The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Eacc) issued individual summons to all the MCAs over a scuffle they caused at the Assembly Clerk Chris Kinyanjui’s office late last month.

In a joint statement, the ward leaders defended their action saying they wanted the clerk to clarify the actual budget for the MCAs’ sports event in Machakos and the members’ medical cover procured from Britam Insurance.

“We came here because we are law abiding citizens and we will share whatever information is required to unearth improprieties in Murang’a. We are playing our legislative and oversight role as required by law,” said Kiru Mwangi (Gaturi ward) on behalf of his colleagues. He said the Assembly wanted to establish the amount allocated for the sports and the medical cover issue as part of their oversight role.

They maintained the scheme is suspicious because the clerk has declined to show documents containing terms and payments made for the same. “One of us fell ill and was admitted at the Nairobi Hospital where he incurred a bill of more than Sh1 million but the company only paid Sh300, 000.

We wanted to find out because the Salaries and Remuneration Commission has recommended inpatient medical cover of Sh3 million for an MCA,” Mwangi said. EACC sleuths recorded statements from the elected leaders as part of the investigation to establish what led to the commotion.

They want details how the cover was procured, terms of the agreement and payable premiums. “We wanted to know whether the company declined to provide the rest. We wanted to establish whether the remittances had been made or what was cause of the problem,” said the MCA. They said the clerk is accountable to the Assembly and accused Kinyanjui of being disrespectful to them.

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