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Kenya Power’s internal auditor Kodhek Ochiel has revealed there was non-compliance to procurement rules and presentation of false documents in the Sh4.5 billion case involving suspended CEO Ken Tarus.

In a tweet on Thursday, the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions said the revelation was made in court.

On Monday, head of internal audit Charles Cheruiyot told a Milimani court that out of the 1,354 companies that had applied for a tender, 525 were pre-qualified to supply the services.

Thirty-nine companies contracted by the firm to supply labour and transport services in October last year were not listed with the Registrar of Companies at the time.

Read:Unregistered firms got KPLC tenders, witness tells court

On July 31, Tarus, his predecessor Ben Chumo, and other senior managers were charged with conspiracy to commit economic crimes and abuse of office.

The charge sheet stated that Tarus, Chumo and the directors abused their offices by facilitating the directors of Muwa Limited to fraudulently acquire public property worth more than Sh200 million for the supply of substandard transformers

In a separate file, Tarus faced a count of conspiracy to commit a felony in relation to the procurement of labour and transport services at KPLC.

The suspects who are represented by 20 lawyers all denied charges. They are out on bail. 

On May 25, the Star published an audit report detailing massive procurement improprieties at Kenya Power. It exposed how staff colluded with unregistered companies, or front proxies, to win tenders. 

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Some employees took money from contractors and shared it with others who could influence the tender process.

 At that time, Tarus was still the acting Managing Director. Unknown to him that he was also implicated. The embattled MD vowed to kick out employees involved in malpractices. 

Read: How the Star broke the Kenya Power scandals

Related: Audit reveals massive irregularities at Kenya Power as MD vows action

“Three directors of Muwa Trading Company are accused of colluding with senior Kenya Power managers to defraud the state corporation through illegal contracts,” ODPP tweeted.

“Prosecution has lined up several witnesses to testify in the case,” it added.

Muwa Limited directors James Njenga Mungai, his wife Grace Wanjira and son, John Anthony Mungai, were accused of fraudulently obtaining Sh201,488,000 from listed power distributor for payment of the second-rate transformers.

Read: KPLC managers spend the night in police cells

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