Nairobi County Executive Member for finance and Economic planing Charles Kerich and his Chief Officer Asha Abdi have flown to Instanbul Turkey in a move to escape the arrest by Directorate of Criminal Investigation Officers.
The two who have been on the sleuths radar for payment to nine companies for supply of ‘hot air’ got information that they might be arrested anytime for not presenting themselves to record statements as had been requested by the Mohamed Amin led institution.
“They flew out of the country to Turkey this evening after a cabinet with the Governor today,” a source who spoke on privy revealed.
“They set up a training which is not clear but what we know is they are escaping arrest,” the source added.
In a letter dated July 21, 2023 by the DCI Investigation Bureaus Head by David Birech on behalf of Mohamed Amin, received by the Acting Nairobi County Secretary Patrick Anallo, the Nairobi County Government is supposed to furnish the investigating officers with documents showing the services provided by the said companies and the relevant budget approvals.
“This office is investigating a case of suspected money laundering whereby the county government is suspected to have made fraudulent payments to the companies yet there were no services rendered. We ask your office to furnish us with the relevant budget approvals and requisitions by the departments relating to the above payments,” the letter by DCI dated July, 21,2023 reads in part.
The detective’s head has asked Governor Sakaja to share the tender documents and the award letters for the contracts.
The nine companies include Burasha General Suppliers Limited, Larsen Investment, Tween Limited, Future Link Limited, Cloud Mobile Technologies Limited, AR Pharmaceuticals Limited, Instanbul Investment Limited, Ramecon Engineering Limited, and Brigit West Limited.
In addition to the documents requested, the DCI asked that the Officers knowledgeable about the processes listed in the letter should go to the Kiambu Road Headquarters and record a statement.
Governor Sakaja has been mute on responding to the matter but on Monday, he replied to a tweet saying the people accused should face the law.
“Yes. All looting must be punished and monies recovered. I support,” Governor Sakaja replied to a tweet by Senior castigating the corruption at City Hall.