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EACC raids ex-CS Michael Kamau’s posh home over Sh33m tender

Detectives from the anti-corruption watchdog on Tuesday morning raided the Karen home of former Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau in the capital Nairobi.

The crime busters from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) camped at the residence in Windy Ridge Estate, along Pepo Lane, for hours.

The family protested the raid, saying the EACC detectives did not have a search warrant.

The raid comes a month after the High Court allowed the EACC to begin fresh investigations into corruption accusations against Mr Kamau.

Judge Hedwig Ongudi on April 11, 2018 declined to acquit Mr Kamau, saying his successful appeal—  which saw the charges withdrawn on July 14, 2017— was allowed because EACC was not properly constituted at the time it completed the investigations and forwarded its report and recommendations to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“It was not based on the manner the investigations were carried out or the innocence of Mr Kamau. That is why the Court of Appeal did not get into the substance of the investigations undertaken by the EACC,” the anti-corruption judge said.

Mr Kamau was in 2015 charged with two counts of abuse office and wilful failure to comply with applicable procedures as well as guidelines relating to management of public funds.

He was also accused of failing to comply with the set rules by ignoring the design of Kamukuywa-Kaptama-Kapsokwony-Sirisia Road done by Engiconsult Limited at a cost of Sh33,303,600 and entering into a memorandum under which the resident engineer redesigned the same road without due process.

He allegedly abused his authority by causing the road to be redesigned without involving experts.

He had been accused of committing the said offenses between 2007 and 2008 when he served as the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Roads and Public Works.

His prosecution in June 2015 came after he was suspended from his ministerial position as the Transport CS.