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CS Owalo says hasn’t received communication about Chiloba’s suspension

Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owalo, has distanced himself from the dismissal of Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Ezra Chiloba.

Speaking on the sidelines of the 2nd Annual EACO Post and Logistics Forum Conference organised by the Communications Authority of Kenya in Mombasa, CS Owalo said he could not comment on what had not been presented to him.

“I can’t talk about what is not on my desk. I deal with policy; I can’t talk about what is in the media out there,” CS Owalo remarked.

He went on to say that he had not received any official communication regarding the suspension of the former CA Director General and therefore could not comment on the matter.

CS Owalo clarified that his responsibilities primarily involved policy formation and did not extend to overseeing government parastatals.

Chiloba was suspended on Monday over alleged abuse of the authority’s mortgage scheme, according to the authority.

A report from the ninth special Board Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (Barac) meeting held on August 8, 2023, revealed that Chiloba and nine others “fundamentally breached their obligations under the contract of service.”

Chiloba stands accused of, firstly, applying for and self-approving a mortgage loan without following due process. This loan was apparently intended for the purchase of a property between Chiloba and another individual.

Secondly, the suspended Director General is alleged to have acquired a house and seven acres of land, exceeding the one-acre limit allowed under the Civil Servants Housing Scheme requirement.

According to an audit report, Chiloba applied for and self-approved a mortgage loan to facilitate the purchase of a property between himself and one Jacob Wakhungu without subjecting the transaction details to higher authority scrutiny.

Regarding the loan application process, the authority asserted that no due diligence was conducted, leading to the omission of relevant information.

While the Board identified a conflict of interest when Chiloba applied for and approved his own loan, insider Information suggests that some board members may have their own interests at heart, including the outsourcing of mortgages from banks.

Following Chiloba’s suspension as CA’s Director General, Christopher Wambua was appointed to the position in an acting capacity, as announced by CA Board Chair Mary Mungai.

 

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