The fate of Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and his Water counterpart Simon Chelugui is hanging by the thread as we confirmed that the Directorate of Public Prosecution had completed reviewing two graft files involving the two ministers and is due to order their arrests anytime now.
Balala is wanted in a case involving an irregular contract awarded in 2017 to American Society of Travel Agents through direct procurement and an irregular authorisation of Sh 100 million sponsorship of ASTA expo at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in February 2017.
Chelugui, who narrowly escaped arrest over the Arror~Kimwarer dam scandal, is due to be apprehended by anti-corruption sleuths over the Sh35.69 billion Itare Dam project in Nakuru which has since stalled after Italian contractor CMC di Ravenna in 2018 filed for bankruptcy after being paid Sh11 billion. The Itare Dam which was to competed by 2022, was intended to supply water to Kericho, Bomet and Nakuru counties.
The multi-agency team investigating the two ministers has reportedly unearthed overwhelming evidence linking the two ministers and their close associates to fraud and corruption related to the two pdojects.
Sources reliably told us that Balala had twice been grilled by the EACC, and had also his three homes raided.
Balala also secretly recorded a statement with EACC sleuths, while the Chelugui is due to record his statement at the DCI off Kiambu.road, on the day of his arrest, which could come as early as this weekend.
So serious is the problem that it has forced President Uhuru Kenyatta to defer a major reorganization of government because Balala and Chelugui, like Rotich are likely to be arrested with dozens of their line officers.
Treasury CS Rotich and his PS Thugge each deposited Sh15 million cash bail to secure their release after being charged with conspiracy to defraud the Government Sh63 billion. They have since been replaced.