Kacc probes 400 graft cases on devolved funds

Tuesday January 25 2011

FILE | NATION>Kenya Anti-corruption Commission spokesman Mr Nicholas Simani address a past press conference in Mombasa. The anti-graft body is investigating over 400 complaints of gross misuse of Constituency Development Funds in all the 47counties in the country.

FILE | NATION>Kenya Anti-corruption Commission spokesman Mr Nicholas Simani address a past press conference in Mombasa. The anti-graft body is investigating over 400 complaints of gross misuse of Constituency Development Funds in all the 47counties in the country. 

Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) is investigating over 400 complaints of gross misuse of Constituency Development Funds in all the 47counties in the country.

The anti-graft watchdog's spokesman Nicholas Simani said they are investigating each case separately with the intention of prosecuting the culprits, among them ministers, ordinary members of Parliament and the devolved funds' management officials.
“The nature of complaints varies from embezzlement of public funds, fraud, fraudulent acquisition and disposal of public property, procurement irregularities, bribery, abuse of office, civil issues, labour and administration issues,” he revealed in an interview on Tuesday.

“Some of complaints require administrative action and we have already referred some to relevant government authority for action because it does not fall under KACC,”

He added: “We are following up all cases with our available resources because at the same time, we are also following other major cases such as Anglo leasing, Triton oil, Goldenberg, Cemetery, free primary education (FPE), IDPs, among others”   

Mr Simani said the kitty formed in 2003 to develop the country is riddled with massive criminal cases including “very serious misuse of public funds."

He noted situation would likely escalate with the upcoming disbursement of billions of shillings to the 47 counties as stipulated in the new constitution.

“If proper structures and mechanisms will not be put in place, I see gross misuse of public funds at county level.”

A KACC quarterly graft report between July-September last year obtained by Nation revealed deep-seated violation of public procurement laws in the management of the kitty.