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FORMER ICT PS SAMMY ITEMERE. / COURTESY

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has ordered for the prosecution of Lugari MP Ayub Savula and his two wives Melody Gatwiri Ringera and Helen Jepkorir Kemboi for obtaining money by false pretenses from the Government Advertising Agency.

The three are directors of seven companies that fraudulently received monies allocated for legitimate media houses that have provided advertising services to the government.

Their companies are; Sunday Publishers, Melsav Company, Johnnewton Communications, Express Media Group, No Burns Protection Agencies, Cross Continents Ventures and Shieldlock Ltd.

Mr Savula was however arrested by DCI officers on Friday night in Nairobi and spent the night at Muthaiga Police Station.

Others being sought by the DCI are former Broadcasting and Telecommunications Principal Secretary Sammy Itemere and Government Advertising Agency Director Dennis Chebitwey for approving fraudulent payments of Sh122,335,500 to the aforementioned companies.

“I am satisfied that Sammy Ishiundu Itemere, the then Principal Secretary, State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications in the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, approved fraudulent payments of Sh122,335,5000 to the aforementioned persons and companies,” the DPP said in a statement.

On August 8, the DPP directed the DCI to carry out investigations into the procurement services from the media and the failure to honour contracts by the ministry of ICT and GAA.

GAA owes several broadcast and publishing houses over Sh2 billion.

Itemere, and 18 other GAA and Ministry of Information staff will also be charged with Commission of a felony and abuse of office on Monday.

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