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Further investigations revealed that Haji, his wife, and his son, were registered as directors of Lofta Resort Limited which received a total of Ksh51 million.

Former Mandera South Member of Parliament Adan Haji Ali Sheikh has evaded arrest and allegedly gone into hiding following an expose that linked him to Ksh51 million tender fraud. 

The MP, who was supposed to be arrested in December 2023, managed to avoid a police trap and went into hiding ever since.  

Adan is wanted by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to face corruption and economic crime charges involving over Ksh51 Million of public funds that he is accused of perpetrating when he served as a County Executive Committee (CEC) Member for Tourism in Kwale County. 

Investigations revealed that Adan who served as the Kwale CEC Member for Tourism Promotion, Information and Communication Technology, used his Hotel facility called Lotfa Resort Diani Limited to trade with the Kwale County Government between 2013-2017. 

File photo of EACC Headquarters in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY

His Hotel provided Hotel, Accommodation and Conference Services to the County Government at huge costs.

Further investigations revealed that Haji, his wife, Fatuma Ibrahim Roba and his son, Alibashir Adan Khalif were registered as directors of Lofta Resort Limited which received a total of Ksh.51, 456,006 shillings from the Kwale County Government in the period under review.

For failing to declare a conflict of interest during the tendering process, Haji was found to have contravened sections 42 and 48 of the Anti-corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.

"The Commission conducted investigations on the allegations and forwarded the resultant file to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) who on 20th December 2023 concurred with the recommendations to charge the MP," EACC stated.

"The suspect will be charged with the offence of Conflict of Interest contrary to section 42 (3) as read with section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003."

However, since the suspect evaded arrest and went into hiding, EACC registered the Charge Sheet in the Mombasa Anti-Corruption Court and secured summons compelling him to appear and answer the charges levelled against him. 

The anti-corruption court accepted EACC's request directing the fugitive MP to appear in Court on February 13.