Auditor General's Report Shows Kenyan Military Bought Defective Planes for Sh1.6 Billion

Worrying details have emerged on a fresh scandal involving KDF...

The Sh1.6 Billion scandal was unraveled by Auditor General Edward Ouko and involved the purchase of seven aircrafts from the Royal Jordan Air Force.

The Auditor General’s verification report revealed that the seven aircrafts were known to be effective from the date of delivery in 2007 and since then, the expensive combat machines have not been used.

“Audit of the fuel and servicing records indicate that the seven aircrafts have not been in operation from the time they were procured,” Ouko’s report reads in part.

The revelation is further compounded by the fact that the purchase of the military gear was not done through a competitive tender process but through a government to government deal.

The Auditor General’s report further questions why a further Sh1.2 Billion maintenance contract was done through restricted tender instead of directly engaging the manufacturer so as to provide value for public money.

A contract for supply of supplementary services was also signed in 2009 for Sh288 Million even though the audit process could not establish if the services were provided.

“I am unable to confirm under the circumstances whether value for money was obtained in the procurement of these spare parts and whether payments for the spare parts were lawfully and effective as provided under Article 229 (6) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010,” Ouko concludes.

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