A Senate oversight committee has beseeched the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to speed up the investigations on the Sh51 million fraud in Kilifi to unlock the recovery of the money.
The County Public Accounts and Investments Committee asked the EACC following complaints by the County Government of Kilifi that the agency was interfering with the recovery of the cash.
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi, appearing before the committee on Wednesday, said that the Commission has slowed down the recovery of the money after obtaining a court order halting any negotiations.
Kingi expressed their hopelessness after the Commission went to court and obtained a stay order affecting all the civil cases they had filed in court to recover the money.
According to the county boss, all the companies that allegedly manipulated the financial system transferring the money to their own private accounts had agreed to refund the money in an out of court agreement.
However, EACC moved in and started investigations to the matter hence delaying the recovery of the Sh51 million.
The governor noted that some Sh8.3 million had already been recovered when the EACC obtained the court order, adding that the total amount would have been recovered by now, were it not for the court order.
Criminals are reported to have gained access to the county’s bank accounts after manipulating the electronic money transfer system- Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) in 2016.
They allegedly hacked passwords belonging to 10 officials, which they used to access the system and transferred the money from the county’s account at the Central Bank of Kenya.
Kilifi County internal auditor then flagged out the transactions as fraud.
However, according to the EACC liaison officer attached to the senate oversight committee, the Commission sought the stay order in order to freeze any further negotiations to allow it to probe the criminal aspect of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.