Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is on the spot again for procurement irregularities that cost the troubled state corporation Kshs. 62 million.
Recently, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji approved the prosecution of former KPA managing director Daniel Manduku alongside KPA works officer Juma Chigulu over KShs. 244 million.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission unearthed irregular awarding of a Kshs. 40 million tender given to the mother of a senior KPA clerical through her firm, Chemiso East Africa. Although the tender was for Kshs. 40 million, EACC says KPA paid out Kshs. 62.7 million.
The investigations further established that the evaluation committee did not conduct proper technical evaluation and that there was conflict of interest in the tender award.
Early this year, the EACC forwarded the investigations file to the DPP’s office recommending high-profile prosecutions of KPA officials including the senior clerical officer and the head of procurement and supplies. Other individuals recommended for prosecution are the head of civil engineering, all members of the tender evaluation committee and the proprietor and signatory of Chemiso East Africa. EACC is still waiting for the ODPP response.
KPA is one of the most moneyed state corporations that has been hit by several scandals in recent years. At the moment, there are multiple graft investigations ongoing at the parastatal involving billions of shillings.