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Governor Nathif Jama grilled by EACC

By Suleiman Hassan

Garissa county Governor Nathif Jama

Garissa county Governor Nathif Jama addressing a past function

Garissa Governor Nathif Jama was on Thursday questioned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over alleged embezzlement of county funds and for trampling on procurement rules.

Jama was grilled for about two hours by the commission officers following complains that up to Kshs 60M cannot be accounted for by his administration.

Confirming the summons, commission spokesman Yassin Amaro said that Garissa County’s number one in command was called for questioning following complaints by up to 20 county residents.

“He has been questioned over embezzlement, flouting procurement rules and offering tenders to his cronies among other complaints,” said Mr Amaro

Mr Jama was spotted arriving at the commission’s offices in the morning but used a rear exit to leave close to two hours later.

“The commission received complaints from about 20 Garissa residents prompting the summons, there are allegations that he has embezzled about Sh60 million over time,” added Mr Amaro.

Mr. Amaro said that the governor recorded a statement in the presence of his lawyer adding that they were not yet done with him.

“We are not through with him yet and he will be coming back, maybe next week; he said he has documents to present to us,” said Mr Amaro

Governor Nathif Jama has denied any wrong doing on numerous occasions and Garissa residents will wait with abated breadth how he will overcome the latest challenge.

He has survived previous attempts to dethrone him first through a legal battle and later through the county assembly.

A motion to impeach him was withdrawn after shuttle diplomacy in the county succeeded in convincing the architect of the motion to shelve it.

Time will tell whether Mr. Nathif Jama will leave up to the meaning of his first name – ‘clean’.

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