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Ex-GAA Director Chebitwey arrested over Sh2.5bn scam

Saturday October 27 2018

Kenya Year Book Chief Executive Dennis Chebitwey during the 2011-2012 Kenya Year Book launch at the Serena Hotel on November 26, 2012. He is one of the those expected to lose their jobs following the dissolution of the Kenya Yearbook which is set to be scrapped and its powers transferred to the National Museums of Kenya. All the organisations set to be scrapped have one thing in common — not many Kenyans know they exist and what they do. PHOTO/FILE

Former Government Advertising Agency boss Dennis Chebitwey. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Detectives arrested former Government Advertising Agency (GAA) Director Dennis Chebitwey on Saturday over the Sh2.5 billion scandal at the organisation.

Police apprehended Mr Chebitwey in Nairobi’s Mountain View estate after a day-long search.

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The former GAA boss was driven to the headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on Kiambu Road for interrogation.

He will spend the night in police cells.

“We finally have him. We are going for the others,” said a detective involved in the search for the suspects.

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Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji earlier approved the prosecution of 22 suspects over the Sh2.5 billion scandal at the agency.

The first to be arrested was Lugari member of parliament Ayub Savula who is accused of fraudulently obtaining Sh122 million from the agency.

Mr Savula was arrested at Pronto Restaurant on Kimathi Street, within the Nairobi central business district, on Friday evening and was locked up at Muthaiga Police Station.   

He spent the second night in police cells as police launched a manhunt for his two wives, Melody Ringera and Hellen Kemboi, both directors of several companies at the centre of the scandal.