EACC raids KeRRA finance Offices over corruption, fictitious transactions

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officers on Tuesday raided the Kenya Rural Roads Authority office’s at Barabaraa Plaza, JKIA.

Business came to a standstill at KeRRA offices after senior employees fled their offices for fear of being arrested by the sleuths.

An EACC officer who requested anonymity said they were looking into fictitious payments and kickbacks obtained from contractors by the finance bosses led by one Dan Manyasi.

When the officers raided the premises, Manyasi was reportedly away after he had been tipped off.

“Manyasi has escaped our trap. We understand he was tipped off by some officers that we are coming. When contacted, he feigned sickness,” said the officer who requested anonymity.

By the time of going to press, it was not clear who was arrested.

However, the EACC officers carted away crucial documents.

Manyasi’s wars are reportedly being fueled by embattled Director  General Philemon Kandie.

Early this year, Kandie was thrown out of office by the Courts but sneaked back.

Some staff threatened to go to court to have all decisions and documents he has signed declared null and void.

They wanted Kandie arrested for violation of court orders.

On 30th June Kandie lost a bid to have an Appeal court grant stay orders to have him serve as the appointed Director-General of KeRRA.

Kandie moved to the court of appeal seeking orders that he be reinstated in office following a High Court decision that quashed a Gazette Notice that appointed him.

Judges H. Omondi, John Mativo and Ngenye Macharia ruled that to allow an individual to earn a salary when the process of his appointment is put into question compromises the sanctity of a transparent recruitment process and would militate against public interest.

The judges said Kandie did not convince them that he would be prejudiced by the process as he is already recruited on a five-year contract.

Despite the Court battles, Kandie is back in office working.

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