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Garbage tenders: EACC traces Sh20m to Sonko account

Neewilly Emmanuel Kweh

Sept. 05, 2019

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko allegedly pocketed up to Sh20 million from a lucrative garbage collection contract that now threatens to end his nine-year political career.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detectives claim that some of the firms that won the Sh357 million tender wired more than Sh20 million to Sonko’s bank accounts.
However, the money was not paid directly but through proxies and sister companies in what sleuths believe was a calculated move meant to avoid raising suspicions.
On Tuesday Sonko was taken through a marathon eight-hour grilling at Integrity Centre, where he recorded 13 different statements. He denied receiving any money and all other allegations, insisting that he was not involved in the procurement process.
Sonko blamed people he did not name in his office for making the payments behind his back.
“I blacklisted the companies and blocked their payments after the Environment committee raised issues,” he added.
The EACC is investigating claims of corruption in the award of the tenders for 2017-18 and 2018-19. At the centre of the alleged bribery claim is one Anthony Otieno Ombok — a director of Yiro Enterprises, one of the firms that received the controversial tender.
Ombok is also said to be a director of another firm known as ROG Security Ltd. Ombok, alias Jamal, is associated with Sonko and EALA MP Simon Mbugua who is also a close friend of Sonko.
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