30 June 2012

Kenya: EACC Grills Simam Over CDF Allegations

Eldoret South MP Peris Simam was questioned for three hours by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with a case in which she is accused of misusing CDF money.

A second warrant of arrest had been issued against Simam but yesterday she went the EACC offices in Eldoret accompanied by her lawyer Michael Chemwok.

The fresh warrant had been issued after the MP failed to appear before the EACC as ordered by the court in Eldoret two weeks ago. Principal magistrate Dolphina Alego had directed her to appear before the commission for finger print taking and recording of statements. "Today I am in my best moods. We are through with them because I am a law abiding citizen of this country," said Simam the grilling.

She explained that she was out of the country on official duties and that her failure to go for the finger print taking was not intentional. Alego had ordered that Simam, along with Wisdom Maina, be arrested for failing to comply with court orders. However following Simam's appearance yesterday, the arrest warrant has against her has lapsed. However police are still looking for Maina who has not shown up since the case began.

The MP and her husband Enock Simam, together with the regional manager for the Kenya Rural Roads Authority in Eldoret Laban Mikoya, face nine separate charges relating to illegal acquisition of public money. They also face charges of abuse of office and failure to adhere to tendering procedures in relation to repair and maintenance of roads in Eldoret South constituency. The case will come up for mention on July 4. Simam has denied the allegations saying she will eventually prove herself innocent.

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