John Ngumi: For how long will the Kenya Pipeline boss escape the long arm of the anti-corruption law?

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Wanted in Tanzania for fraud for many years. In Kenya, he is untouchable.

To add insult to injury, his contract at Kenya Pipeline Company is extended for 3 years and he is also made a chairman of the Konza Technopolis that mirrors the US Silicon Valley City.

Is the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu case more worse and urgent than Deputy Director of Prosecutions making Mr John Ngumi to face the law over the many corruption cases he has been adversely mentioned in?

Why shouldn’t Kenya hand him over to Tanzania, a friendly neighbour, to face prosecution over fraud involving a regional bank?

These are the questions even as the man many consider to be “above the corruption law” is summoned by authorities over yet another key scam – Kisumu jetty project.

Ngumi is among the top team the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has summoned from the Kenya Pipeline Company for grilling over the saga surrounding the construction of an oil jetty in Kisumu.

According to a letter signed by Kuriah Obadiah on behalf of DCI Director George Kinoti, those set to appear before detectives between Thursday and Monday are chairman John Ngumi, Managing Director Joe Sang, the chair of the Board Technical Committee Major Neepe Itayason, former chair, Board Finance Committee Faith Boinnet and former chair, Board Audit Jerry Simu.

Others are the finance and infrastructure managers.

Ngumi’s case, like the Sh5 bn Afya House scam orchestrated by current Lands PS Dr Nicholas Muraguri, appear to be glossed over time and again by anti-corruption agencies.  

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