The Ethic Anti-Corruption Fee is investigating the payment of authorized charges to 26 law corporations.
In a letter dated January 21, 2021 , EACC has asked the County Secretary to furnish it with the particular scenario information dealt with by the 26 legislation corporations among 2013 and 2020, which includes aspects of the instances, letters of guidelines and agreement agreements.
“The commission is undertaking investigations at the Nairobi City County in respect of payments of authorized expenses to the next corporations,” reads the letter in component.
The companies contain Irungu Kang’ata and Co Advocates, Osundwa and Co Advocates, Kwanga Mboya and Co Advocates, Kithi and Co Advocates, Wanjiku Maina and Co Advocates, E Onyango and Co Advocates, JO Magolo and Co Advocates, Ario Advocates, Maskam ( Asanyo) , EN Omoti and Co Advocates , Ogeto Ottachi and Co Advocates, Musyoka Mogaka and Co Advocates, Masire Mogusu and Co Advocates, Maanzo and Co Advocates , and Miller and Co Advocates.
The other people are Koceyo and Co Advocates , RM Wafula and Co Advocates , Mbaluka and Co Advocates , Njenga Maina and Co Advocates, Kandie Murtai and Co Advocates , Sirma and Co Advocates, Arati and Co Advocates, CM Mitema and Co Advocates , Munyasia and Co Advocates and Ongicho Ongicho and Co Advocates.
“To facilitate our investigations, kindly but urgently furnish us with the authentic files in respect to the previously mentioned companies,” the letter reads.
The commission’s spokesman Yassin Amaro verified to the Star that the letter was reliable.
The EACC has also questioned to be furnished with all payment vouchers and cheque counterfoils and lists of pre-skilled regulation firms for the years 2013-2020.
The fee has asked for for minutes approving the listing of pre-experienced legislation corporations and any other files applicable to the investigations.
The county assembly has over time lamented and raised concerns around funds paid to lawful corporations.
In the 2016-17 money yr report, previous Auditor Typical Edward Ouko was anxious by the dollars that the legal office used, citing Sh592.4 million unauthorised payments.
In the period of time below evaluation, the department’s authorized prices were Sh645.3 million against the accepted budgetary allocation of Sh105 million.
In accordance to Ouko, the section paid out 12 law firms Sh314.4 million.
The revenue was spent exterior the Built-in Financial Management Information System.
In February 2019, the County Assembly Community Accounts Committee uncovered that the authorized office invested Sh480 million, far more than 4 instances the Sh100 million budgeted for.
The payments have been manufactured without the need of documentary evidence.
In individual, a complete of Sh318.4 million was paid to distinctive legal professionals with out supporting files.
MCAs have in the earlier flagged the lawful section for colluding with regulation firms to siphon dollars from Metropolis Corridor, noting in particular economical 12 months 2018-19 when no case was handled by county legal professionals.
Alternatively, 48 legislation firms have been paid Sh795.9 million. Only eight of the companies introduced fee notes.
Files before the County Assembly Legal and Justice committee showed that 335 circumstances were dealt with by the legal office, with only 12 of them thriving in the exact same time period. The relaxation were either withdrawn or shed.
The committee questioned why Sh795.9 million was compensated only to law corporations yet the county’s allocation for the clearance of the pending charges in 2018-2019 was Sh2.5 billion.
Edited by Henry Makori