The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has stopped a Sh4.8 billion scandal of supplying complex firearms to the Kenya Prison which is under the Interior Ministry that is headed by CS Fred Matiang’i, without authorisation.
EACC stops multi-billion scandal ongoing in Matiangi's ministry
EACC exposes more rot in ministry
Twalib Mbarak, who is the EACC CEO, on Thursday affirmed that the commission had started investigations after receiving information over the scandal.
“We are investigating the matter and we are on the final stages. Soon we will forward recommendations to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for action,” stated Mbarak.
EACC had probed Post-Training and Skills Development Principal Secretary Alfred Cheruiyot and former Sports Principal Secretary Richard Ekai over the payment of Sh3.6 billion that was supposed to be paid before the delivery of the weapons.
Investigations by the anti-corruption body further revealed that the tenders issued had no bank or tender performance security guarantee.
Some of the companies awarded the tender belong to politicians were identified to not having valid Pin and Tax compliance certificate and forged Local Purchase Orders as reported by Nation.
The Mbarak led body showed that no budget was allocated to purchase of the items with the process having commenced without the go ahead of the Commissioner General of Prisons.
According to EACC, in 2014, the commissioner had requested for the supplies prequalification from the then Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo.
Companies awarded the tender to supply of firearms to Kenya Prisons
Firestruss Systems had been awarded a tender of Sh2.2 billion to supply bullet proof vests and plastic helmets.
Mildat ZO. O was given the job to import rifles and fullbore target rifles worth Sh343 million.
Pakistan Ordinance was contracted to purchase standard G3 firearms worth Sh595.7 million and submachine guns that would cost Sh478.5 million.
Milways Enterprises, which belongs to a politician who is yet to be identified, was given a tender to supply gun slings valued at Sh200 million.
The contract awarded to the company however raised suspicions due to the fact that all guns bought came with slings attached to them.
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