Former MP Danson Mungatana arrested over Ksh.51.5M graft

Former MP Danson Mungatana arrested over Ksh.51.5M graft

Former Garsen MP Danson Mungatana has been arrested by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives over the alleged theft of Ksh.51.5 million from Kilifi County coffers.

Mungatana who was arrested in Nairobi on Wednesday night and taken to Malindi, was linked to the scam by a businesswoman who claimed the politician used her company as a conduit to illegally receive Ksh.9.1 million from the Kilifi County Government.

The former legislator was arrested alongside six other officials among them four Kilifi County officials and two business persons.

The Director of Public Prosecution however says that they are pursuing 14 others in the same racket.

According to EACC, investigations revealed that none of the aforementioned companies delivered any goods or services to Kilifi County.

It was discovered that the Local Service Orders (LSO) used were fake and did not originate from the county government.

EACC also found that County Government officials processed and approved payments for goods/services that were not delivered.

The companies named as beneficiaries are: Daima One Enterprises, Zohal Services Limited, Makegra Supplies Limited, Kilingi Investments Company Limited, Leadership Edge Associated Limited and Johazi Investment Company.

The 21 suspects will face charges of fraudulent acquisition of public property, uttering false documents and dealing with proceeds of crime.

Mungatana has since denied the claims by Lucy Wanjugu Kibogodi, a director of Zohal Services Limited, which was named as one of the beneficiaries of the loot.

In 2016, Wanjugu swore an affidavit claiming Mungatana was part of the theft engineered through IFMIS.

All the suspects will be arraigned at the Malindi Law Courts.