Kenya Utalii College – The Four People Holding the Key to Solving the Scandal

Former CEO Joseph Cherutoi

Ms Joyce Mutugi will be charged alongside Kenya Tourism Fund former (CEOs) David Mwangi and Joseph Cherutoi as the accountant in charge, she will be required to explain her decisions on the payments

By The Weekly Vision

Two former Chief Executive Officers at the Kenya Tourism Fund have featured prominently in the ongoing probe concerning the irregular payments in the acquisition of Kenya Utalii College now renamed Ronald Ngala Collage.

The former (CEOs) David Mwangi and Joseph Cherutoi, the then Deputy Head of Finance Margaret Njoka and then acting Procurement Officer Gerald Omondi and Ms Joyce Mukuhi Mutugi conspired and had a consultant paid a total of Ksh817.9million though the contractors’ invoice was Ksh556.8 million.

Joyce is an experienced civil servant; she was at the ministry of tourism when it was entangled in the scandal of over-inflation of cost for the construction of the college she is currently at the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure Housing, Urban Development and Public Works. Joyce Mutugi was cited as the chief suspect in the scandal in which the government lost money as per EACC files number EACC/MLD/FI/INQ/4/2021

Ms Mutugi will be charged alongside Kenya Tourism Fund CEO’s as the accountant in charge, she will be required to explain her decisions on the payments. According to highly placed sources, she has been uncooperative in the efforts of investigators to get to the bottom of the scandal.

Ronald Ngala Utalii College under construction in Kilifi

She, for example, did not supply some of the documents needed for the conclusion of the interim audit report that unearthed the scandal. Joyce is an experienced civil servant; she was at the ministry of tourism when it was entangled in the scandal of over-inflation of cost for the construction of the college she is currently at the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure Housing, Urban Development and Public Works. Joyce Mutugi was cited as the chief suspect in the scandal in which the government lost money as per EACC files number EACC/MLD/FI/INQ/4/2021 in which the cost of the acquisition of Kenya Utalii College was inflated. 

Sources told The Weekly Vision that plans are at an advanced stage to freeze her bank accounts and assets. The scandal occasioned the loss of a huge amount of money via payment to the contractor yet there existed no contract between the ministry and the said contractor. 

She defied legal advisory from the AG contained in letter Ref no. OP/CAB.1/18A and dated November 3rd, 2009 and another one Ref. MT.A/4/5/3 and dated November 26th, 2009.

From the proceeds of this looting Joyce Mutugi is said to have acquired a new home at Garden Estate, Nairobi, built modern high-end rental apartments and bought a new Toyota V8 (zero mileage from Toyota Kenya but registered under the name of her daughter). Ms Mutugi is said to have moved much of her money to foreign bank accounts registered under the name of her daughter which would prompt EACC to widen the investigations to foreign countries in collaboration with Interpol.

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