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Bunge la Wananchi files petition against Nairobi attorney over corruption claims

Bunge la Wananchi has petitioned the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to investigate and prosecute Nairobi County Attorney Lydia Kwamboka for corruption at City Hall.

Bunge la Wananchi President Edward Githaiga has accused Kwamboka of engaging in corrupt deals and occupying the office illegally.

In a letter addressed to the EACC Chief Executive Officer, Githaiga has petitioned the anti-graft body to investigate the continued stay of Kwamboka in office.

On July 29, 2021 Members of County Assembly (MCAs) resolved to terminate the services of Ms Kwamboka.

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The ward representatives adopted a report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that recommended for termination of the contract of Kwamboka for abuse of office and operating without a valid advocate practicing certificate.

The report stemmed from an investigation by the committee which had been probing a petition by John Mark Ojiambo who sought for the removal of Kwamboka “on behalf of Kenyan citizens and Nairobi taxpayers.”

Githaiga said Kwamboka’s conduct does not meet the provisions of Article 10 and Chapter Six of the Constitution, hence she is unfit to hold office.

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He also accused Kwamboka of making and authorizing payments despite being out of office which he termed as stealing by servant.

Mr Githaiga called for the investigations and prosecution of individuals who are behind aiding Kwamboka’s illegal continued stay in office.

He asked EACC to probe payments which were authorized by Kwamboka and the County’s Chief Finance Officer paid to Kwanga Mboya Advocates and freeze the Sh51 million on December 21, 2022 paid to the lawyer without following the law and financial audit procedures as laid down in the County Government Act pending investigations.

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Githaiga said the money was paid despite Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja giving orders stopping payments for pending bills.

“We want the EACC to also establish whether the law firm in question has the approval of the County Government of Nairobi in discharging financial transactions on its behalf,” the petitioner said.

Mr Githaiga asked EACC to make public the findings of their investigations given it’s a matter of national and public interest so that no dust is swept under the carpet.

He issued a seven-day notice to the anti-corruption agency to respond to their petition and take action to save taxpayers from further loss of public funds.