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MP wants Aladwa barred from office

Integrity concerns are threatening George Aladwa’s appointment to public office after his loss in last year’s elections.

Makadara MP Benson Mutura has lodged a complaint against the former city mayor before the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission alleging abuse of office.

The two faced off in the March 4, 2013 elections, but Mr Mutura trounced Mr Aladwa and also won an election petition his rival had filed challenging his victory.

Mr Mutura alleged that Mr Aladwa’s tenure as mayor of City Council of Nairobi was marred with financial improprieties and lack of accountability.

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He claimed that between December 24, 2009 and September 12, 2012, Mr Aladwa unlawfully, irregularly and fraudulently withdrew from the council, Sh14,639,450 without any legal basis, and has never returned it to date. 

“The money should be recovered from Mr Aladwa for the benefit of the public,” claimed Mr Mutura. Investigations by EACC are going on.

Mr Aladwa’s recent appointment as chairman of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) has also been clouded by controversies.

Instead of the Nairobi County Government asking Mr Aladwa for the money, “they were rewarding him with a job” , said Mr Mutura.

Separately, Mr Aladwa got a temporary reprieve after High Court judge David Majanja declined to allow petitioner Patrick Mwangi Kiiru to be enjoined in a case filed by Mr Balkrishna Ramji Devani who is challenging his appointment as chairman of NCWSC on integrity grounds.

Mr Justice Majanja said: “I am not satisfied Mr Mwangi has established a basis for the joinder as an interested party over and above that of a resident who wishes to participate in the proceedings and hence his request is dismissed.”

Mr Mwangi said claims that Mr Aladwa had not refunded the Sh14,639,450 had been confirmed by Nairobi City County treasurer on January 29, 2013, and as such, the former mayor’s  appointment should be revoked as it goes against the Constitution which requires persons appointed to public offices to be of high integrity.