Rasanga faces court in Si­aya air tick­ets scam

Business Daily (Kenya) - - ECONOMY & POLITICS - Lynet Igad­wah lig­ad­wah@ke.na­tion­media.com EACC took up the mat­ter fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions by Au­di­tor Gen­eraled­ward Ouko

The Direc­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion (DPP) has rec­om­mended pros­e­cu­tion of Si­aya Gover­nor Cor­nell Rasanga for us­ing tax­pay­ers’ money to buy hol­i­day air tick­ets for his fam­ily and friends.

Mr Rasanga is al­leged to have paid a mix of busi­ness, econ­omy and first class tick­ets for his wife, chil­dren, rel­a­tives and po­lit­i­cal friends.

The Ethics and Anti-cor­rup­tion Agency (EACC) rec­om­mended pros­e­cu­tion of the gover­nor for abuse of of­fice and un­law­ful ac­qui­si­tion of a ben­e­fit. “In­ves­ti­ga­tions estab­lished that the county gov­ern­ment of Si­aya, on in­struc­tions of the gover- nor, paid for the air tick­ets for his fam­ily mem­bers and friends in the fi­nan­cial years 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016,” said the EACC in its quar­terly re­port pub­lished in the lat­est Kenya Gazette. The EACC rec­om­mended that Mr Rasanga be charged for em­bez­zle­ment of pub­lic funds along­side of­fi­cers at the county for the of­fences com­mit­ted dur­ing the first three years of his first term in of­fice.

EACC took up the mat­ter fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions by Au­di­tor Gen­eral-ed­ward Ouko that the county spent Sh141 mil­lion ir­reg­u­larly con­trary to the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act and other reg­u­la­tions.

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