The Ethics And Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has launched a probe into the alleged mismanagement of funds at the Communications Authority (CA) during former Director General Ezra Chiloba’s tenure.
In a letter dated September 28, the commission noted that it is investigating Chiloba over abuse of office and conflict of interest allegations.
According to EACC, the mismanagement of funds is alleged to have occurred between the financial years 2021/2022 and 2023/2024.
A photo of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Offices at Integrity Centre in Nairobi taken on November 18, 2019.
“The Commission is investigating allegations of abuse of office and conflict of interest against Ezra Chiloba Simiyu, the suspended Director General, Communications Authority,” EACC said in its statement.
EACC also asked Acting Communications Authority Director General Cristopher Wambua to produce a number of documents to help the commission to conduct comprehensive investigations.
These include the National Treasury Audit Report, the Mortgage Loan Policy for CA, the Mortgage Loan Book for CA and an authorised panel of values at CA.
EACC also wants CA to produce minutes of the Special Board Audit and Risk Assurance Committee meeting held on August 8, and specific details regarding all mortgage loan beneficiaries.
This request from EACC follows the suspension of Chiloba on September 18. Following this development, Christopher Wambua was appointed as the Acting Director General.
“Following a meeting of the Authority’s Board held on September 18. resulting in the suspension of the Director General, I am pleased to inform all staff of the appointment of Christopher Wambua as a Director General in Acting Capacity effective today till further notice,” read part of the statement by CAK confirming Chiloba’s suspension.
Ezra Chiloba assumed office in 2021, succeeding Francis Wangusi who retired. Chiloba’s initial appointment was for a term of four years, with the possibility of renewal.
A photo collage of Communications Authority Director General Ezra Chiloba (left) and a photo of the scuffle that ensued on March 15, 2023.