Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has summoned nine officials from Kenya Power to record statements over allegations of interference in procurement processes at Kenya Power.
The Anti-graft agency said the nine, who are all members of KPLC Board of Directors should appear at Integrity Centers for questioning. In a letter dated September 10th, 2021, EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak directed the officials to appear before investigators for interview and statement recording.
“To progress the investigations, kindly facilitate the below listed members of the Board of Directors to appear before our investigators at our Integrity Centre offices.”
The summoned BOD members include Eng Abdirazaq Ali, Caroline Kittony and Njoroge Muhu who are expected to be grilled today Monday 13th September, 2021. On Wednesday, the detectives will grill Eng Elizabeth Rogo, Kairo Thuo, and Sachen Gudka while Eng Isaac Kiva, Humphrey Muhu and Vivienne Yeda who is the chair of Board of Directors, are expected to appear at Integrity Centre on Thursday September 16th, 2021.
Last month, KPLC’s tender for insurance brokers was temporarily suspended, following an order given by Judge James Makau after successful application by activist Okiya Omtatah. Judge Makau further certified the case by Omtatah as urgent and directed that he serves the other parties with his suit papers in four days. The order arose out of an application by Omtatah seeking to stop KPLC tender for saying it imposes eligibility requirements that lock out many local players.
According to Omtatah, tender documents were altered to include a requirement of valid professional indemnity of Sh1 billion up from initial Sh200 million which he believes is oppressive. Additionally, he noted that the tender does not have provision for affirmative action under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO). AGPO is an affirmative action that seeks to empower women, youth and persons with a disability through public procurement business opportunities by giving these groups 30 per cent of all procurement initiatives without competition from established firms.
On June 8 KPLC advertised in the media inviting bids for tender for pre-qualification of insurance brokerage firms for the period of September 1 2021 to August 31 2023. And on July 15 without giving any reasons the procuring entity wrote to all bidders notifying them that the procurement process had been terminated and tender cancelled.
The case will come up for mention on September 22, 2021.
Public Procurement sector has in the past been most prone to corruption due to the financial flows involved. Major corruption scandals in the country have revolved around public procurement where billions of shillings have been lost and takes years to trace and recover. Through the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta, measures have been put in place to seal loopholes in Kenya’s procurement process so as to ensure war on graft is won as well as achieve economic growth for the country.