MP Who Pocketed Ksh300M for Enabling Italian Firm Win Govt Tender

  • New details have emerged about a member of the National Assembly who reportedly pocketed kickbacks to the tune of Ksh330 million after helping an Italian firm score a lucrative dam tender.

    According to a report by Daily Nation, Lamu West MP Stanley Muiruri Muthama, through the company he directs, Stansha Ltd, reportedly pocketed the humongous sum as a consultancy fee for enabling the embattled CMC Di Ravena to win the lucrative Ksh29 billion Itare Dam.

    The local daily further detailed that the lawmaker was arrested in July for reportedly undervaluing his firm and successfully evading to pay taxes amounting to Ksh488 million.

    He was arrested at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Transported to Eldoret where he was charged with 13 counts of tax fraud.

    The publication further detailed that Stansha Ltd allegedly entered into an agreement with the Italian firm in 2013 and signed a contract to provide it with consultancy services.

    Lamu West MP Stanley Muiruri Muthama

    The publication indicated that the document, which was dated November 26, 2013, was signed by two staffers at the firm who are Mr Muthama and Ms Lili Rono.

    Water CS Simon Chelugui was questioned on Wednesday, December 4, regarding the failed Itare Dam project but defended himself claiming that the payout was done before he assumed office.

    "Itare Dam started in 2014 and that was when it was signed, sealed and delivered. I, however, took over the office in 2018 and found that payment had already been done and work was going on," he explained.

    On Saturday, December 7, Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti that a number of high ranking officials were set to be interrogated over the Ksh29 billion Itare Dam scandal.

    Among those reportedly expected to address the matter are Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and his Devolution counterpart Eugene Wamalwa.

    Others who will be facing the agency are Water PS Joseph Irungu, a number of PSs and the entire Rift Valley Water Services Board members.

    Construction vehicles parked at Itare dam site in Kuresoi North. The Construction of the Sh29 billion dam stopped after the contractor filed for bankruptcy.