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Governor’s man under probe over hotel deal

A senior official County Hall is on the spot over a deal that saw a restaurant at City Park transferred to private hands.

The Chief of Staff at Governor Evans Kidero’s office, Mr George Wainaina, will be investigated over his link to Bowling Green Restaurant’s change of ownership.

Three committees at the County Assembly will jointly probe the status of the restaurant on Limuru Road, which is now being run by private individuals. 

Preliminary accusations against Mr Wainaina indicate that he was the architect of the change of management, accusing him of failing to involve the relevant authorities both within the Executive and the County Assembly.

Public Investments, Trade, Environment committees are investigating the hotel case.

Trade committee chairman Peter Warutere (Roysambu County Rep) on Tuesday confirmed the probe was underway.

 

“Several people in the Executive are involved. At least a senior official in the governor’s office has done several shady deals including nepotism and we are investigating the matter. If he is culpable, we shall demand his removal from office,” said Mr Warutere.

The Environment committee chaired by Mr Benard Amutavi met to discuss the matter and set the date for their visit to the restaurant.

Preliminary investigations carried out by the Legal Affairs team found there were many unanswered questions on how the Bowling Green deal was conducted.

Chairman Jaffer Kassam had last month reported to the Assembly that a thorough investigation was necessary.

“We smelt something fishy on our visit there. An investigation will reveal the truth. All I can say for now is that someone at the Governor’s office is at the centre of it,” said Mr Kassam.

Mr Wainaina was elusive when asked about his involvement in the Bowling Green deal .