DPP Haji wants Speaker Onyango Oloo arrested over Sh4.1b Lake Basin Mall
SEE ALSO :Tabitha: 'My competitors are after me'Haji said the Speaker alongside a former chairman of the Finance and Establishment Committee of the LBDA board, George Odawa, were bribed to inflate the cost of the building on the outskirts of Kisumu city from Sh2.5 billion to Sh4.1 billion. In a statement to newsrooms yesterday, Haji said he will also seek to take to court 27 others involved in the tender process. Complaint He said the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) received a complaint on July 28, 2015 that the construction cost for the LBDA mall had been inflated. Oloo was the LBDA board chairman at the time. The DPP also accused Odawa of receiving Sh12 million from Edermann to ensure the contract was varied.
SEE ALSO :Poll chaos victims confront DPP Haji“This singular act exposed LBDA’s property to the risk of sale in case of a default in the repayment of the loan. The charging of the LBDA property without approvals from the line ministry and Treasury was unlawful,” reads the DPP’s statement. Haji said upon review of the file, he found that whereas three firms submitted their bids after LBDA advertised for the tender, all the firms were found non-responsive. However, instead of rejecting their bids as required by the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005, the evaluation committee recommended to the tender committee the award of M/S Erdermann Property Limited (EPL). The tender committee awarded the tender on March 14, 2013. Subsequently, on April 8, 2013, Abok and the his then chairman David Oyosi executed the contract on behalf of the government agency, while Zhang and Yang executed for Erdermann for Sh2.45 billion. Haji said from the start of the contract, Symbion Kenya Limited carried out the function of the consultant in the construction of the mall. “On 19th April 2019, Symbion Limited issued a certificate of completion and taking over of the mall... The Ministry of Public Works was never involved by the LBDA at any stage in the construction of the mall,” said the DPP. Also to be prosecuted are LBDA tender committee members Anthony Kisaka (CEO), Nelson Onyango, (production technologist) and Henry Odindo (quantity surveyor, Quantech), Emmanuel Milikau (architect, Symbion Kenya) and Moses Wekesa (consultant, Symbion Kenya). Others are Fredrick Onyango (Chief Finance Officer), Eng Godfrey Mwangi, (Technical Service and Operation), Albert Omondi, (International Auditor LBDA), Teresia Ochaka (Supplies Officer) and Amelia Otono (Legal Officer). Sixteen other board members will also to be prosecuted. [email protected]
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