The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has launched a probe into Murang’a Senator Irungu Kanga’ata’s law firm and 24 others over alleged irregular payments received from the Nairobi County government.
The probe is based on payments made between 2013 and 2020.
EACC pursued the case after Nairobi Members of County Assembly noted that the county government was paying millions in legal fees, but is yet to win any case recently.
“The commission is undertaking investigations at the Nairobi City County in respect of payments of legal fees to the following firms... To facilitate our investigations, kindly but urgently furnish us with the original documents in respect to the mentioned firms," EACC’s letter to Nairobi County government read in part.
Reacting to the investigation, Senator Kang’ata linked it to his recent BBI letter to resident Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to Kang’ata, he has previously served in various capacities and has never been investigated over wrongdoing.
"I got paid and everything ended well. These investigations are nothing but politics. I have been in public service as a councillor, MP, and Senator and these are the first investigations I am facing… I have all the documents to show my singular payment from City Hall was legal and legitimate. It's not a coincidence that the investigations is being done three years after the payment," he told a local daily.
On Twitter, Kang’ata put out a tweet stating that government agencies should desist from being used to ‘manage politics’.
“Criminal justice systems, including EACC, should not be used to manage politics. Persuasion and free expression of thoughts should reign supreme.A messenger, however, erroneous information he brings, should never be harassed,” he posted.