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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,5TH NOV 2019-Nairobi governors Mike Mbuvu Sonko has revealed that mysterious circumstances surrounding the purchase of the Integrity Centre by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the mannr in which the was sealed is the reason the anti graft watchdog agency was after him.
Sonko through a Facebook post says that he decided to investigate the matter which cost taxpayers at least Ksh1.5 billion, and discovered that those who owned the palatial building had not been paying land rates prior to the sale. Sonko states that they had used a fake Rates Statement of the defunct City Council of Nairobi.
The governor further states that after investigations, he also discovered that EACC Director of Investigations Abdi A. Mohamed was the mastermind behind the sale of the building that was said to be sitting on a wetland, a man now after him.
Revack Limited owned integrity centre before it was bought , which was established by the firm of Esmail and Esmail Advocates in 1994 with directors as Kassam Esmail and his mother Shirin Esmail holding trust for unknown client to purchase the property known as Trade Bank Centre which is today’s Integrity Centre from the Deposit Protection Fund Board (DPFB),which was at that time the main liquidator of Trade Bank Limited.
This was before Revack bought the land, which should have amounted to bank fraud.
Sonko continues to narrate illegalities and life threats that led to the resignation of EACC Vice Chair Irene Keino (April 2015), EACC Chair Mumo Matemu (May 2015) and the death of Geoffrey Oriaro from Ugenya, the lawyer who had petitioned for sacking of Matemu and Keino. Oriaro was found dead in a swimming pool on August 19, 2015.
Sonko says that on July 30, 2019, he was summoned by EACC just weeks after he started probing and following up on the Integrity Centre land sale.
On August 27, 2019 EACC summoned the governor again accusing him of receiving money from his friends before he became the Nairobi governor from companies that are not contractors in the County.
Sonko ropes in Matopeni MCA Abdi Guyo in his investigations, accusing him of being used by Mohamud to protect cartels that had grabbed public land in South “C” and were building a mall.
He says that the two met at the Poolside of Heron Portico Hotel on September 20, at around 11am where money exchanged hands.
A week later, Guyo accused Sonko of killing careers after firing county officials, following the death of several learners at Precious Talent School where several classes collapsed.
According to the governor however , the most recent summon by EACC amounts to a continued effort to blackmail him to lift a caveat placed by the County government on the South “C” land allegedly grabbed by cartels.
The governor is set to appear before EACC today (Tuesday) to answer questions on his ‘criminal past’, something he terms as a scapegoat to arm twist him.