KPA Bosses Probed Over tender Scandal
The Director of Criminal Investigations –DCI has begun to look into what they believe to be KSh 2.7 billion tender scandal at the Kenya Ports Authority.
In August this year the scandal implicates top KPA officials including KPA managing Director Daniel Manduku who is accused of authorizing irregular expenditures amounting to KSh 2.73 billion claims which Mr. Manduku dismissed on Monday terming the move as conflict of interest.
However, investigations file by the economic and commercial crimes Unit of the DCI suggests that Mr. Manduku oversaw the preparation of bills of quantity for eight firms without requisition forms from the user –the inland container depot in Nairobi for the Makongeni Good shed Yard project.
Further investigations reveal that the companies were paid in full despite not completing the job as Kenya Railways reclaimed its land and demolished the concrete. Investigations further states that regulations were breached to award the seven companies the tenders with detectives reveal that documents were forged to sanitize the process. Records recovered from the KPA finance department show how the loot was shared. It believes that Manduku directed a KSh 1.4 billion tender for the construction of 17, 940 concrete barriers to be awarded to 10 companies without following the procurement regulations.
Two senior KPA officials have since told the DCI investigations that there was no need for concrete barriers and that even then the barriers were grossly overpriced from about 10,000 to 79000
The suspects being investigated include KPA Managing Director Daniel Manduku, Senior Works Officer Anthony Muhanji and Works Officer Juma Chilugu.
By Akivaga Sally