Leaked Audio Exposes How Legislators Conspire to Loot Public Funds

An audio recording of a conversation between Kiambu County Youth and Sports CEC and a section of MCAs has surfaced online revealing how the legislators plan on looting public funds.

Karungo wa Thangwa, the Youth and Sports minister told Kenyans.co.ke that the audio recorded on October 8, during a special departmental sitting in Mombasa was part of the official Hansard records.

In the audio, one of the MCAs is heard threatening the county minister with impeachment after he disagreed with the legislators on funds meant for foreign trips.

Embattled Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu (right) congratulates Karungo wa Thang'wa for taking over as Youth Affairs, Sports and Communication executive in July 2018.

The legislators are heard in the audio instructing Thangwa not to touch or divert any funds meant for their workshops or any traveling trips.

Kenyans.co.ke reached out to the embattled CEC who divulved to us the identities of the MCAs in the audio clip. 

"Something which involves workshops don't touch, " Gideon Gachara the leader of the majority at the Kiambu County Assembly was heard instructing the Youth and Sports minister in the audio.

Another MCA, Joachim Mwangi of Ngoliba ward told Thangwa to prioritise foreign trips and traveling over everything the Youth and Sports department handles.

"Tukienda workshop tupewe pesa yetu cash. Tukitoka hapa hatutaki kukopa pesa. Kama tunaenda kesho, tunapewa pesa yetu leo. Kwa siasa hakuna deni.

(If we are going for any workshop let us be paid in cash. We don't want instances where we borrow money ahead of any workshop)," the Ngoliba ward rep instructed Thangwa.

When the minister stood his ground and argued that the travel budget should be cut to zero and the money channeled towards assisting the youth, the MCAs responded to Thangwa with a barrage of accusatory comments some bordering contempt and abuse.

"No no waziri (minister) drop that line of thinking. You are disrespecting us!" Nominated MCA Susan Njeri charged at Thangwa.

Nominated legislator, Njeri accused Thangwa of having an attitude and threatened to impeach him.

Thangwa also told Kenyans.co.ke that nominated MCA Margaret Njeri who moved the impeachment motion against him was the same legislator who did not want the Sh5 million budgeted for traveling to be diverted to development causes.

Our attempts to reach the MCAs implicated in the audio clip were futile since by the time of going to press our calls remained unanswered.

On Thursday, October 31, 51 of the county's 92 MCAs passed the motion that impeached Thangw’a on grounds that he undermined acting Kiambu Governor James Nyoro.

Below is the audio clip:

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