The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has launched investigations into a Kenya Seed Company Kshs.145million tender issued to Syngenta East Africa Limited for the supply of seed treatment chemicals.
The anti-graft agency, summoned members of the Board of Directors including ex-Chairman Nathaniel Tum for questioning over procurement irregularities in the award of the multi-million tender during the 2018/2019 financial year.
Among the documents being probed are the contract agreement for supply and delivery of insecticide for seed maize treatment on direct procurement between Kenya Seed Company Ltd and Syngenta East Africa Limited. The probe is being spearheaded by the EACC North Rift Regional Office, Eldoret.
The seed firm has been facing wrangles and early this year, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya in special gazette, revoked previous appointments and appointed new Board members for a period of three years, which saw former Chairperson Dr. Tum and other officials move to court to challenge the new appointments.
The battle for control of Kenya Seed has also been in and out of court for years, pitting government-appointed directors against Moi era directors and shareholders since2014.
Corruption scandals have recently dogged parastatals as anti-graft agencies tighten the noose around institutions which have been grossly mismanaged leading to loss of revenue and dipping of share prices of once blue chip institutions where government has major shareholding.