GRAFT WAR

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal arrested in Nairobi

In Summary

• The charges Lenolkulal faces include abuse of office and theft of public funds.

• The DPP gave the nod for the arrest of the Samburu Governor on Monday night.

Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal.
Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal.
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Samburu Governor Moses Lenolkulal has been arrested.

The county boss was arrested on Tuesday morning by EACC over Sh2 billion he is suspected to have looted from the county coffers.

The DPP Noordin Haji gave the nod for the arrest of the Samburu Governor on Monday night.

According to Haji, investigations established Lenolkulal was trading with the county government through Oryx Service Station for the supply of fuel since March 27, 2013, to date.

The governor is said to have failed and or neglected to disclose his interest in the said service station.

"It is clear that the governor engaged in conduct that is expressly prohibited in law and in clear violation of the constitutional principles governing the conduct of public state officers," Haji said in a statement on Tuesday morning.

During the period in question, Oryx Service Station received a total of Sh84million from the Samburu County Government.

According to the DPP the money was shared between the governor and his proxy Hesbon Ndathi.

The payment received by the service station was facilitated by chief officers in contravention of the law. 

 

Lenolkulal is now set to face charges of conspiracy to commit an economic crime, abuse of office and conflict of interest.

The DPP is also pursuing Samburu Deputy Governor Julius Lesooto, County Secretary Stephen Letinina, Chief Finance Officer Daniel Lenolkirina, former Environment Chief Officer Josephine Lenasalia, Agriculture Chief Officer Reuben Lemunyete and former Education Chief Officer Linus Lenolngenje.

Others in the DPP's radar are Paul Lolmingani (Transport Chief Officer), Bernard Lesurmat (Lands Chief Officer), Lillian Baluga (former Gender Chief Officer), Andrew Lanyasunya (Gender Chief Officer), David Loo  senge (Sports Chief Officer), Geoffrey Kitewan (Head Supply Chain Management) and businessman Hesbon Ndathi.

Lenolkulal last week went to court seeking anticipatory bail fearing his arrest.

He sued the EACC, the Inspector General of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions claiming that they wanted to arrest him.

The anti-graft commission last month obtained orders freezing Lenolkulal's bank accounts.

He was barred from transferring, withdrawing or making any transaction with funds amounting to Sh14.6 million in different accounts at Kenya Commercial Bank.