This is an unprecedented scandal that is breaking out in Kenya.
An investigation was opened at Kenya Pipeline Corporation for corruption charges of 95 billion shillings, or about $950 million.
A new case while several cases of corruption have been making headlines for several weeks in Kenya.
In a country where corruption is endemic, the case of KPC could reach a sad record. The Attorney General’s office is investigating 27 projects over the last four years that have totaled almost $1billion.
Investigators from the Anti-Corruption Commission raided the offices and homes of several employees, as well as Charles Tanui, the former CEO of Kenya Pipeline Corporation.
The current president of the KPC, Joe Sang, confirmed that three employees of the company had been sent on leave during the investigation. But he denied any embezzlement. “We followed all the legal procedures, no money was lost,” said the CEO adding that the company had recorded a profit of about 12billion last year.
“These are not the numbers of a poorly managed society,” he said.
This affair broke out as corruption scandals followed one after the other. Notably that of the National Youth Service, with about fifty indictments.
President Kenyatta, long accused of passivity against corruption, is active daily to show he wants to stop the phenomenon.
He asked all heads of procurement and accounting departments and ministries to stand back. A circular suspended temporarily by justice.