Uhuru’s former treasury CS Ukur Yatani arrested!

On the morning of Wednesday, April 24, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) conducted a raid at the residence of former Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani in Marsabit and subsequently arrested him as part of a suspected graft probe.

Yatani is currently in the custody of EACC detectives and is expected to undergo questioning regarding his alleged involvement in the misappropriation of significant funds.

He was scheduled to present himself at the EACC Integrity Centre Police Station earlier in the morning.

Simultaneously, the EACC also raided the home of the current Marsabit Governor, Mohamud Mohamed Ali, along with several other high-ranking county officials.

Governor Ali is expected to be taken to the EACC’s Isiolo office for formal processing and further interrogation in connection with the extensive multibillion-graft investigation.

While the specific reasons behind the raid on Yatani’s home are not fully clear, the Commission had previously urged the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Renson Ingonga to pursue charges against allies of former President Uhuru Kenyatta implicated in unlawfully navigating the Ksh6 billion Telkom takeover debacle.

Details outlined in the EACC’s third quarterly report spanning July to September 2023 shed light on Yatani’s situation, alongside former Treasury Principal Secretary (PS) Julius Muia and Dr. Margret Nyakang’o, facing scrutiny over the Ksh6 billion Telkom acquisition.

A report recommending charges against these officials was submitted to Ingonga on August 29, 2023, with action on the EACC’s suggestions still pending.

The potential charges exacerbate the challenges for Dr. Nyakang’o, who already faces three counts of fraud, operating an unlicensed Sacco, and forgery, with her prosecution temporarily halted by a High Court injunction following a petition.

The controversy surrounding the acquisition of a 60 per cent stake in Telkom Kenya during the tenure of retired President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration remains significant. The deal, executed ahead of the 2022 general election, has attracted public outcry and legal scrutiny.

The EACC’s report explicitly identifies various individuals, including former Telkom executives and government officials, as potential candidates for prosecution in connection with the Telkom deal.

The inquiry stems from a complaint lodged by the Clerk of the National Assembly on March 6, 2023, prompting the EACC to investigate the purported irregular acquisition of Telkom Kenya shares by the government from Helios Investors LLP for Ksh6 billion.

Investigations revealed that the search for potential investors halted following a letter dated March 29, 2022, authored by Yatani, indicating the government’s acceptance of Jamhuri Holdings Limited’s decision to divest from Telkom.

Documents presented before Parliament indicate grievances expressed by the Government of Kenya, leading to Helios Investors LLP/JHL’s exit from Telkom Kenya between April and September 2022. More

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