Nairobi County chief of staff arrested in corruption probe

Mr Wainaina is expected to be charged with corruption in a Nairobi court on Thursday.

Thursday January 7 2016

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero addresses journalists at City Hall in the past. He has nominated Peter Kimori to replace sacked Environment Executive Evans Ondieki.

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero addresses journalists at City Hall in the past. He has nominated Peter Kimori to replace sacked Environment Executive Evans Ondieki. FILE PHOTO | EVANS HABIL NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Nairobi City County Chief of Staff George Wainaina was arrested on Wednesday night by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

The officers had first raided his office at City Hall but did not find him. They took away crucial documents and asked his secretary to accompany them.

"They arrived at around 2pm and stormed the office. They carried documents, huge files and cash money amounting to about a million shillings," said a county employee, who is not authorised to speak to the media on county affairs and did not want to be identified.

It is not until Wednesday night that the EACC detectives managed to find Mr Wainaina at his house in Kiambu County.

According to City Hall insiders, the chief of staff is alleged to have amassed a lot of wealth since assuming office in 2013.

He is reported to have checked in at work at around 10am on Wednesday morning and left shortly thereafter.

"He came and he is lucky the EACC came when he was not there. Come see his office, it’s in a total mess," said the county worker.

Mr Wainaina is expected to be charged with corruption in a Nairobi court on Thursday.

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