Anglo Leasing hope as businessman quizzed

Businessman Deepak Chamanlal Kamani leaves Integrity Centre, Nairobi on December 9, 2010 where he was questioned by the anti-corruption commission over the Anglo Leasing scandal. Photo/POEBE OKALL

Anglo-Leasing investigations have received fresh impetus after the businessman at the centre of the probe appeared before anti-corruption detectives on Thursday.

Mr Deepak Chamanlal Kamani was interviewed for three hours over contracts entered between the government and several companies, which resulted in the loss of Sh18 billion of taxpayers’ money.

KACC officials close to the investigation told the Nation that Mr Kamani gave “useful” information on the contracts.

The Nation learnt that detectives had linked companies associated with Mr Kamani with 13 of the 18 shady contracts.

Among others, the contracts would have involved establishing a forensic laboratory for the CID, setting up an ICT project for the police, and upgrading security systems for the Prisons department.

Investigations so far have established no services were rendered regardless of the contracts being awarded.

Mr Kamani left Integrity Centre, the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters, shortly after 1pm. A lawyer and an aide accompanied him.

Mr Kamani appeared before the commission twice in May 2008, days after he entered Kenya, having fled in 2006 after a court ordered his passport confiscated.

The graft watchdog is also interested in interviewing his brother, Rashmi Chamanlal.

Until last July, when the High Court ruled the commission could seek help from foreign governments, the future of the investigation was uncertain and had remained cold.

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