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Samburu Governor arrested and 13 others sought over suspected Ksh.84m fuel scam

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[Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal. photo/courtesy]

Samburu Governor Moses Kasaine has been arrested over a Sh84-million-fuel-supply scandal involving his County Government.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives said they were looking for 13 other officials including his deputy, county secretary, chief finance officer, former chief officer in charge of environment and several other chief officers.

Detectives pounced on him in a raid carried out on his city home at the crack of dawn, arrested the county boss on Tuesday morning.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives said they were looking for 13 other officials including his deputy, county secretary, chief finance officer, former chief officer in charge of environment and several other chief officers.This is after the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji ordered their prosecution in the ongoing probe into graft claims.

The other suspects are Stephen Letinina (county secretary), Daniel Lenolkirina (chief officer finance), Josephine Lenasalia (former chief officer, environment), Reuben Lemunyete (chief officer department of agriculture), Linus Leninge (former chief officer education) and Paul Lolmingani (chief officer transport).

Others include Benard Lesurmat (chief officer lands), Lilian Baluga (former chief officer gender), Andrew Lanyasunya (chief officer gender), David Loosenge (chief officer sports) and Geoffrey Kitewan (head supply chain management).

The 14 suspects are linked to Sh84.7-million fuel-supply scandal in which Oryx Service Station, which police believe is owned by Mr Kasaine and Mr Ndathi, was given a tender to supply the county government against the law.

“The investigations established that the Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal was trading with the County Government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since the 27th March 2013 to date,” Mr Haji said in a statement.

They will face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime; abuse of office and conflict of interest.