CS Balala’s homes raided by EACC officers over 100M contract scandal
Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala is in trouble after his homes were raided by EACC detectives and important documents seized during the raid.
Reports says that the EACC officers launched the raid in his office in Nairobi and later his homes in Nairobi, Mombasa and Vipingo. The report also revealed that the detectives seized important documents during the early morning raid.
Balala is investigated for allegedly giving a 100M contract to a local company to offer unknown services during expos in Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Conference Centre about two years ago.
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The operation was launched after the agency got intelligence that the mentioned company is allegedly a conduit for state officers to siphon public funds.
The anti-graft body then later drafted a letter asking Najib Balala to avail himself at the Integrity House offices to record a statement the following week.
The investigators have also asked him to provide the tender documents, invoices, payment vouchers and other supporting documents on the said contract.
The said agency demanded to know why the CS awarded the company a tender without following public procurement laws and with the exclusion of the principal secretary, who is the accounting officer.
The Tourism CS is stated to have personally signed the award letter to the company hence attracting investigations from the EACC.
He is also alleged to have contracted the company during the 2016/2017 financial year to offer various services during the circuit of exhibitions held in Nairobi.
The company was contracted for hosting the expos under a programme to aid in the recovery of the Tourism docket during the event held from February 23 to 26, 2017.
However, Balala’s personal assistant Said Athman dismissed the reports asserting that he is not aware of any raids or the ongoing investigations.
Further information reveals that despite the company being contracted, it had not qualified to be given the contract and neither did the ministry have the money.