Ghosts of graft haunt nominees

Allegations of impropriety returned to haunt Judicial Service Commission (JSC) nominees as they appeared before the parliamentary committee on Justice and Legal Affairs for vetting. Former Agriculture Cabinet secretary Felix Koskey and former Kenyatta University vicechancellor Prof Olive Mugenda were tasked to explain their role in past cases where they were mentioned.

In 2015, Koskey was forced to resign after his name featured in the infamous “list of shame” that was unveiled after President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address in Parliament. Uhuru said 175 ministers, parastatal heads and civil servants were suspected of engaging in corrupt deals. Koskey was accused of engaging in corruption but subsequent investigations by anti-graft agency Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) exonerated him.

On the other hand, Mugenda was questioned on her role in the investment of over Sh370 million to open up a campus in Kigali, Rwanda without necessary approval. Questions on Mugenda’s involvement were raised through an affi davit fi led against her by Universities Academic Staff Union (Uasu) secretary general George Makoha. But appearing before the Justice committee yesterday, the former VC denied foul play in the reported purchase.

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