Even as the war on corruption takes the fast lane and every indication is that President Uhuru Kenyatta is dismantling the corruption cartels, sparing of certain individuals and firms involved in graft is a case of one step forward, 10 steps back - quite literally.

One such company is Petro Kenya Oil Co Ltd which was paid Sh68,048,950 for supplying 500,000 litres of diesel light fuel to NYS through an already blacklisted company - Horizon Ltd reportedly owned by the chief architect of "NYS-1" scam - Mr Ben Gethi.

Petro Kenya Oil Co Ltd is linked to Mr Paul Gatecha, a key member of the extended First Family. The company does a lot of business with the Government through the Ministry of Energy.

It is unbelievable that the immediate former Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai, also linked to the First Family, on November 5, 2017 okayed the payment - in an arrangement without a precedent.

According to then AG, in a letter signed by Mr Charles Mutinda, suspended Public Service Ps Ms Lillian Mbogo-Omollo had written to the AG on September 28, 2017 seeking his advice on settlement of Sh52 million "owed to Horizon Ltd to enable it pay PetroKenya Oil Company Ltd for supply of oil products which is the subject matter of the contract between Horizon Ltd and National Youth Service (NYS)".

That the AG advised PetroKenya to be paid - for a sum they were owed by the another party within their own separate arrangement is mind boggling.

In itself, the AG was confessing that the contracted party (Horizon Ltd) did not have the capacity to supply what they were contracted. And that the AG literally became the debt collector for PetroKenya - from Horizon Ltd.

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