Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui has denied buying a Ksh. 150 Million house with the loot from the stalled Itare Dam project in Nakuru county.
He bought the house at Amara ridge Karen, for a cool Ksh. 150 something the CS has denied and claimed the house was bought at Ksh. 90 Million even though those that bought the houses off-plan paid Ksh 110 Million.
CNYAKUNDI.COM further grilled the CS who alleged that he got a loan of Ksh. 69 Million from the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) something the editor of this site is trying to establish.
Chelugui’s neighbours include Sam Mbenya, Salva Kiir and Wako . His house is the fifth.
Chelugui has been under fire over the stalled Itare Dam project in Nakuru county.
On December 4th 2018, the beleaguered CS was grilled by detectives over the payment of Sh19 billion for the stalled Itare Dam.
DCI boss George Kinoti, last year, said investigations into the scandal had been going on for some time, and that once the probe ends, the file would be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Chelugui denied authorizing payments for the construction of the dam, which was initiated before he joined the ministry, arguing that former Water Principal Secretary Joseph Irungu initiated the project.
But detectives insist that part of the payment was made on his watch.
The Itare Dam project was awarded to CMC Di Ravenna in 2018 and was expected to take four years. It was projected to benefit close to 1 million people in Nakuru, Kuresoi, Molo and Rongai areas.
Chelugui, who narrowly escaped arrest over the Arror~Kimwarer dam scandal, is due to be apprehended by anti-corruption sleuths over the Sh35.69 billion Itare Dam project in Nakuru which has since stalled after Italian contractor CMC di Ravenna in 2018 filed for bankruptcy after being paid Sh11 billion. The Itare Dam which was to be competed by 2022, was intended to supply water to Kericho, Bomet and Nakuru counties.
A special report on the inquiry into allegations of fraud and financial mismanagement at the Youth Enterprises Development Fund (YEDF) tabled in May 2016 by the Public Investment Committee of the National Assembly revealed that the real-estate sector which bribed business journalists especially Nation Media Group’s Business Daily generate false hype for, is a conduit for looted funds.
Amongst the highlights included clause 37, which specifically mentions of clear indications that proceeds of criminal activities including corruption are the key drivers of the “booming” real-estate sector.
The fake hype created by business journalists and shadowy individuals is only a representation of corruption in the country.
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