Bunge la Kenya lamng'oa waziri wa Fedha -Kivuitu.

Mpaka Kieleweke

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Feb 27, 2007
Bunge la Kenya jana lilimng'oa Waziri wa fedha kutokana na tuhuma za Rushwa na Ufisadi kwa kumpigia kura ya kukosa imani naye .

Waziri huyu Kivuitu nafikiri wengi mtamkumbuka jinsi ambavyo alikuwa na kiburi wakati wa kujibu maswali kuhusiana na uchaguzi mkuu akishirikiana na Amos Kimunya .

Nitawaletea taarifa zaidi hapa .

Wasiwasi wangu ni kuwa huenda huu ukawa ni muendelezo wa Mapamabano ya Raila vs Kibaki.
Kenya - By Andrew Cawthorne and Wangui Kanina
NAIROBI, June 29 (Reuters) - Corruption watchdogs and senior politicians rounded on Kenyan Finance Minister Amos Kimunya on Sunday over the sale of a luxury Nairobi hotel to Libyan investors in a deal they said had the whiff of scandal.

Some called for the resignation of Kimunya -- at the helm of east Africa's largest economy since 2006 -- after he announced on Friday the Grand Regency went for 2.9 billion Kenya shillings ($45 million) in a government-to-government deal.

"The price is laughable. It cannot meet the cost of soft furnishing alone," fellow minister Mutula Kilonzo, who runs the Nairobi Metropolitan portfolio, told local media.

"The country has been cheated, and you can give this corruption another name worse than Goldenberg."

The hotel, owned by a Kenyan tycoon accused of being the architect of the so-called Goldenberg scandal that nearly sunk Kenya's economy in the 1990s, is viewed by many Kenyans as a symbol of the graft bedevilling their nation.

Kamlesh Pattni, who has been tried but never convicted despite multiple probes into the siphoning of some $1 billion of public funds over bogus diamond and gold export, handed the five-star, multi-storey hotel to the central bank earlier this year.

Media speculated that had won him immunity.

Kimunya, who told parliament last week the hotel's sale would be public, said in his statement on Friday authorities received too "sweet" an offer to refuse from the Libyans.

He did not name the buyers.

Critics accused Kimunya of under-valuing the hotel, which went for about 4 billion shillings when Pattni bought it in 1994.


They also criticised Kimunya for the secret nature of the sale, rather than a public tender, saying the transaction had all the hallmarks of past graft cases that have characterised successive Kenyan governments.

"The cycle of impunity that allows public officers to act as if Kenya is a nation without law must be broken," said local anti-corruption watchdog the Mars Group.

It called for the resignation of Kimunya, Attorney General Amos Wako, Central Bank governor Njuguna Ndung'u and the head of the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission Aaron Ringera.

"If these public officers won't resign, let's demand their immediate investigation and sacking," the Mars Group said.

Lands Minister James Orengo said the sale was "mafia-like." He added: "The entire transaction was fraudulent. ... The sale or transfer of the hotel is not recognisable under the law."

Legislator Gitobu Imanyara said he would present a motion in Parliament to censure Kimunya over what he termed "utter contempt of parliament".

Kimunya could not be reached by Reuters for comment.

But he was quoted in the Sunday Nation as saying he should be applauded for finally bringing money into public coffers from the controversial hotel.

"What truth have I not told?" he said. "If anyone thinks that it was worth 6 billion shillings, why didn't they put up a bid to buy it?"

Media, however, did not buy his story.

"Mr Kimunya, the math doesn't add up," the Nation led its editorial page, calling for the annulment of the deal.
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