Kakamega Governor Fernandes Barasa has been called to appear before the Ethics and Anti-Misconduct Commission (EACC) to address charges of corruption during his time working for Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).
On Monday, November 7, 2022, Barasa must appear before the EACC investigating panel.
The commission claims that the former CEO of Ketraco would record a statement on an allegedly fraudulent payment made to Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP) for a project in Marsabit.
According to a source at the anti-graft organization, “I confirm that EACC has summoned the Governor to record a statement in an ongoing inquiry connected to the Lake Turkana Wind Power project.”
“A report on alleged anomalies in payment to a private investor sparked the investigation. The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company’s (KETRACO) CEO at the time of the transactions was the Kakamega Governor.
The Governor is only one of many people of interest being looked into in this case.
The National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC), which at the time had opened an investigation into the unlawful transactions between Kenya Power and the LTWP, reacted to Barasa’s resignation from KETRACO in February of this year.
MPs questioned his departure, which was announced two months before his term was set to expire in April, in an effort to determine how more than Ksh. 600 million extra was allegedly paid to LTWP and other millions of shillings were paid to the incorrect accounts.
Similar to this, the PIC was interested in learning why the KPLC gave the LTWP false accounts and who was responsible for them.
EACC adds that since the investigation is still in its early stages, more information on the matter will be released at a later time.
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