The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has summoned Nairobi County Finance CEC Allan Igambi and Finance Chief Officer Mohamed Sahal over controversial payments to suppliers amounting to over Sh2billion.
Their summons came days after a two part series exposee by The Informer detailing alleged illegal payments made to a few selected companies associated with the leadership of the Nairobi County Assembly officials and their proxy tenderpreneurs.
Igambi is reported to have honoured the summons and appeared before the officers at the serious crime unit on July 14, 2022, however Sahal is said to have failed to do so.
According to sources acquainted with the inquiry, he will appear before the investigators today.
Obadiah Kuria, the chief of the serious crime unit, informed the County Secretary that the DCI is investigating charges of public monies misappropriation.
Governor Anne Kananu wrote to Controller of Budget Margaret Nyakangó in response to an earlier Executive Order to advise her that Sahal is no longer the Chief Officer of Finance and Economic Planning.
“Henceforth do not accept any work plans or correspondence from him,” said part of the letter dated July 7 and received on July 12.
Igambi immediately revoked his decision to change the name of the officer with withdrawal privileges at Kenya’s Central Bank.
Kananu reshuffled chief executives at City Hall the day before, ousting Sahal as Finance chief officer. He was replaced by Joseph Gathiaka, who is still the City Hall Treasurer.
Igambi was compelled to modify the withdrawal rights at CBK from Sahal to Gathiaka as a result of the move
In a slight twist, Igambi wrote to the CBK again, recalling his earlier letter requesting that the right to Sahal be withdrawn.
“We have today submitted withdrawal rights for Mohamed Abdi Sahal to your esteemed office. After considering internal logistical and administrative challenges we will face with this change, we would like to recall the forms and maintain status quo,” reads the letter dated July 6 addressed to director Banking Division at CBK.
In order for the county to receive funds, the person granted withdrawal rights must be recognized at CBK.
With the uncertainty over who has withdrawal rights between Gathiaka and Sahal, City Hall is likely to face a financial catastrophe.
This, along with Kananu’s letter dated July 14, prompted another letter from CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge, who proposed that Sahal be dismissed and that a new CECM- finance be suspended for insurgency and operating illegally and contrary to the executive order.