On Thursday, the anti-graft office in Nairobi questioned former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo and Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli in connection with an investigation into an Sh200 million land controversy.
It is claimed that Atwoli obtained the funds through a Jirongo-affiliated company.
The money was given to the company by Nairobi county as payment for land it had claimed in the Mukuru slums.
The land in question belonged to a primary school and dispensary, according to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation.
According to reports, Atwoli got a portion of the money after the Jirongo-affiliated company received the money.
That’s why EACC wants an explanation from the individuals. Atwoli is now unavailable since he is out of the country.
On Thursday, Jirongo showed up at the entrance of the EACC Centre, but he declined to enter the premises when he saw the media.
Atwoli said he had been asked to justify the illicit payment he had received.
He said that Jirongo repaid him about Sh60 million of the Sh100 million that he had loaned him.
The remaining amount was to be paid at a later date. His response was that he had no idea where the money came from.
According to reports, the deal happened in 2020.