7 ministers, KRA chief risk charges over campaigns

John Njiraini, KRA commissioner-general. FILE PHOTO | NMG
John Njiraini, KRA commissioner-general. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has vowed to file charges against seven Cabinet secretaries, a principal secretary and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) boss for allegedly using State resources in Jubilee campaigns.

The opposition alliance said it had given Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko seven days to charge the officials failing which it will move to court itself.

The seven Cabinet secretaries include Fred Matiang’i (Education), Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Najib Balala (Tourism) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution).

Others are James Macharia (Transport), Eugene Wamalwa (Water) and Cleopa Mailu (Health).

KRA commissioner-general John Njiraini and Energy Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge are accused of attending a campaign fundraiser for President Uhuru Kenyatta last weekend and giving contributions.

The law bars public officials from promoting government projects during election time and using them as a campaign tool.

All the Cabinet secretaries mentioned by Nasa have, however, argued they were only doing their job demonstrating to the people what they have achieved in the past four years.

For their part, Mr Njiraini and Mr Njoroge maintain they appeared at the fundraiser as individuals.