A businessman associated with three firms under investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for alleged corrupt dealings in the award of tenders in Nairobi City County has denied any wrongdoing.
The anti-graft team is trying to unravel the puzzle of a Sh20 million kickback wired into Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko’s personal account by a contractor allegedly hired by his administration.
Antony Otieno Ombok, alias Jamal, says he has never had any direct contract or tender with City Hall instead, his companies are sub-contracted by other firms to provide services to them.
Arbab Auto Ltd, which is one of the eight firms being investigated by EACC over graft, Ombok disclosed is sub-contracted by Amaco Insurance Company Limited to repair Nairobi City County government-insured vehicles.
The firm has also leased his car yard to park its insured accident vehicles, he says.
“There no evidence to support the allegations that our client was awarded a tender at Nairobi City County government. There is no tender documents or contracts executed with the county government of Nairobi nor any direct payments made to our client by city hall.” Jamal says in an affidavit to EACC drafted by his lawyer Dennis Joseck Mare.
Ombok insists he does not have any business transaction with Governor Sonko’s administration. The anti-graft body is on a “fishing expedition” insisting the alleged Sh20 million bribed to Sonko was only a payout to a piece of land he had bought from him in 2013.