Ezra Chiloba Cleared as EACC Finds Insufficient Evidence in CA Mortgage Scheme Case

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has exonerated Ezra Chiloba who was the former Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), from accusations related to a Staff Mortgage Scheme. The decision follows a thorough investigation that was conducted by the EACC, which found insufficient evidence to support the allegations against Chiloba. The EACC also recommended that the CA revise its Human Resource policies and procedures.

Quick Summary

  • EACC investigation cleared Ezra Chiloba of allegations linked to the CA Staff Mortgage Scheme.
  • The EACC advised the CA to review its HR policies and procedures in line with current regulations.
  • Ezra Chiloba is set for parliamentary vetting as Kenya’s Consul General to Los Angeles, USA.

EACC Investigation and Recommendations

The EACC investigation into allegations of mismanagement of a KES 662.4 million Staff Mortgage Scheme at the CA resulted in Ezra Chiloba’s exoneration. Although Chiloba faced serious accusations of abuse of office and conflict of interest, the EACC found the evidence against him to be insufficient. During the investigations, the atmosphere was so politicized that it was not clear to everyone, especially given that the lucrative CA director general’s position was at stake with obviously interested parties keen on what was to happen next.

In light of these findings, the EACC has closed the matter without further action under Section 25A of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act of 2003. It however recommended the CA to revise its Human Resource Policy and Procedure Manual to comply with existing regulations.

Background on the Case

Ezra Chiloba’s troubles began after an internal audit report alleged mismanagement in the CA’s Staff Mortgage Scheme. The developments led to an investigation by the EACC and the CA’s subsequent decision to subject Chiloba to disciplinary proceedings according to Section 45 of the Employment Act 2007.

In response to the investigation, Chiloba was suspended as Director General of the CA and eventually opted to resign on October 18, 2023. Subsequently following his resignation, Christopher Wambua was then appointed as acting DG, and David Mugonyi was later named Director General and Chief Executive Officer, assuming office from January 15, 2024.

Chiloba’s Ambassadorial Nomination

Despite his earlier troubles, Ezra Chiloba has been nominated as Kenya’s Consul General to Los Angeles, USA. He is currently facing a parliamentary vetting committee for the role.

Potential Impact

The EACC’s decision to clear Chiloba of wrongdoing in the CA mortgage scheme case could restore his reputation and influence in Kenya’s public sector. His new nomination as Consul General to Los Angeles represents an opportunity for him to begin a new chapter in his career. However, the success of his nomination will depend on the outcome of the parliamentary vetting process which by going with recent processes might not be as difficult to go through.


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