After Murathe and Atwoli, prominent South Sudanese politician sucked into Jirongo's KSh200m land saga

for Tv47 Digital November 06, 2022, 07:22 AM
Cyrus Jirongo's KSh200 million land saga
Former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo. Inset: Integrity Centre, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) headquarters. Jirongo is on EACC's radar over a KSh200 million land saga in Nairobi.

In Summary

  • David Murathe has since explained that the KSh25 million he received from Cyrus Jirongo's firm was in partial settlement of a debt owed to him by the former Lugari MP.

    • He says he received the money in two instalments of KSh18million and KSh7 million on or about July 23, 2020.

    After Jubilee Vice-Chairperson David Murathe and COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli were 'sucked' into a case in which former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo is being investigated over a KSh200 million land saga in Nairobi, another politician has been drawn into it.

    This time, South Sudanese politician Albino Mathom Ayuel Abuog is now under the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission's (EACC) radar.

    According to the anti-graft agency, Abuog - a member of the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly who also represents South Sudan in the Pan-African Parliament - is one of the recipients of the money that was "fraudulently" paid out to Jirongo by the Nairobi County Government.

    Reports indicate that Abuog received KSh38 million from Jirongo, although it is not clear why he was paid the money.

    Who's Abuog?

    Aboug graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2018 with an upper class honors Bachelor of Arts degree in History, Communication and Political Science.

    He is the Special Presidential Envoy for South Sudan President Salva Kiir, and the leader of the South Sudan delegation to the Pan African Parliament.

    Prior to his appointment as member of the Pan African Parliament, Aboug served as the inaugural Ambassador on Youth Affairs for the Pan African Parliament. He was appointed to the role by the late president of the Parliament Bethel Amadi from Nigeria.

    He also served as the Presidential Envoy for President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo during the peace initiative for the Central African Republic from 2013-2015.

    Mukuru land 'saga'

    It is alleged that the debt-ridden Jirongo may have defrauded City Hall to pay for property (2.5-acre piece of land in Nairobi’s Mukuru kwa Reuben area) it already owned.

    EACC further says that after the county released the funds to Jirongo's company, Kuza Farms, KSh20.6 million was sent to the owner (Jirongo), and a further KSh131 million was wired to several politicians.

    Atwoli and Murathe were summoned by EACC last week to explain why Jirongo's firm wired KSh60 million and KSh25 million respectively to them. Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende and former Vihiga Senator George Khaniri also received KSh3 million and KSh5 million respectively.

    Murathe: Jirongo was paying debt

    Murathe has since explained that the money he received was in partial settlement of a debt owed to him by Jirongo.

    He says he received the money in two instalments of KSh18million and KSh7 million from his advocates on or about July 23, 2020.

    “This is my full statement on the circumstances leading to my receipt of the funds and I have no knowledge or involvement in the purported conspiracy to defraud the county,” he maintains.

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