A prominent individual has yet again had corruption allegations against them dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Against Edith Kimani, the daughter of politician and current Lands Chief Administrative Secretary Kimani Ngunjiri, the DPP dropped the allegations this time.
Together with seven other people, Edith Kimani, a former chief officer for trade in Nakuru County, was accused of embezzling public monies for the building of market shelters at Kiratina market in Menengai Ward.
On January 31, 2023, Edith Kimani was detained and charged in court together with six other accused, including Nakuru County Government executives and the directors of Levi Contractors, the business hired to build the Kiratina market sheds.
After charges that the county government of Nakuru had paid over Ksh. 10 million for the development of Kiratina market, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission detained the accused.
It was claimed that Levi Contractors Limited only erected one market shed after winning the bid to build two.
According to investigations, an inexperienced contractor was hired, which caused the building to collapse before it was turned over to the county.
It hasn’t been finished yet, unfortunately.
Subsequent investigations found that the procurement was marred by irregularities, the supposed members of the tender opening Committee did not participate in the activity, and no tender opening register was ever established. Levi Contractors was paid Kshs. 3,972,849.20 but did not build shelters.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, former Kenya Power MD Ben Chumo, Kenya Pipeline MD Joe Sang, and former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko are just a few of the prominent people whose corruption cases the DPP just abandoned.