When Kajiado governor Joseph Lenku suspended some of his senior revenue officials over corrupt allegations, some critics labeled him “fame seeker”.
But when police detectives dramatically arrested a county bus manager in-charge of revenue collection, Kennedy Mwangi, on Friday after he allegedly pocketed tens of thousands shilling and went under, it is now clear that all is not well in the county.
Detectives led by Kajiado Central director of criminal investigations, Daniel Ndambuki, arrested Mwangi and locked him at Kajiado police station.
“We will arraign the suspect in Kajiado court today January 29 to answer charges of stealing by servant faking receipt of the same,” said Ndambuki.
Kajiado detectives said they are still investigating others who worked in league with the arrested suspect in swindling almost Sh200, 000 last week with pretext that they would deposit the same amount in to the county government bank account.
The money they allegedly collected is part of January revenue collection from bus operators at Kajiado bus terminal.
Ndambuki said he suspects the person they arrested was not operating alone and that he has a list of those others he is pursuing.
Mwangi is a revenue officer in charge of Kajiado town bus park.
Under normal situation bus owners are supposed to deposit their monthly collections in to the county government account and hand receipts to the manager.
On December 10, 2017 governor Lenku sent his top revenue officials on compulsory leave over allegations of corruption and failing to meet targets in revenue collection.
Among those he sent away were; director of revenue Jonathan Turere and sub county revenue officials -Jonathan Saigilu (Kajiado North), Timothy Kaleya (Kajiado South), Fouzia Shani (Kajiado Central) Agnes Lesere (Kajiado East) and another unnamed official from Kajiado West.
Governor Lenku is said to have been irked by internal audit reports which showed rampant theft of revenue resources through banking of fake slips in to official bank accounts.
After Lenku sent all the sub county revenue officers on compulsory leave, he formed a new directorate revenue that is being chaired by David Muntet.
Muntet is in charge of permit and licensing, Njoroge Mwaura is in charge of natural resources, Verah Moraa is in charge of enforcement and compliance, while Janet Sereu is in charge of markets and user fees.
Last Friday the team bounced at Kajiado bus park incognito and arrested several buses without stickers and others with fake stickers suspected to have been issued by county staff.