Kamani arrested by EACC over Anglo Leasing
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 – Businessman Deepak Kamani who is linked to the Anglo Leasing scandal was on Thursday questioned by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) investigators.
His lawyer Paul Nyabodi indicated that Kamani “had a hearty discussion with EACC officials.”
“We are here in response to summons by the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission. My client Mr Kamani has attended pursuant to those summons and we have had a hearty discussion. He has answered all their queries to the best of his ability and for the details, you must ask the EACC,” Nyabodi told journalists who had camped at the EACC’s Integrity Centre headquarters.
EACC chairman Mumo Matemu was said to be away in Mombasa at the time of Kamani’s questioning.
Kamani was arrested at his home in Spring Valley amid a storm over the payment of Sh1.4 billion to two Anglo Leasing firms, and demand for a further payment of Sh3.5 billion.
The arrest comes in the wake of a declaration by the chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee Ababu Namwamba that anyone found complicit in the Anglo Leasing saga will be brought to book.
Apart from the Sh1.4billion, Kenya is expected to pay a further Sh1.2 billion in interest for delayed payment.
The Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo, on Wednesday told the Public Accounts Committee that the government has already paid Sh500 million in penalties, with the remaining Sh700 million, due to be paid in August.