Ex-deputy AG charged with conspiracy to steal Sh100m
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabIt also asserted that the procurement was done irregularly, since the company awarded the tender had no capacity to deliver the audit vaults software. “Our investigations revealed that the Auditor General’s office paid Sh100,675,680 to Open Systems Integration (OSI) Kenya Ltd even before the audit vault software materials were inspected or supplied,” EACC says. The anti-graft agency alleged that as soon as the company received the payments, it started dishing out kickbacks through a chain of different bank accounts and law firms used as conduits of the proceeds. The documents showed that the company first transferred Sh48 million from its Kenya Commercial Bank Account to its Barclays Bank account, Sh36 million to a law firm and Sh10 million to Value Teq Trading Ltd. EACC alleged that Kinuthia received Sh27 million as kickbacks in which he used Sh13 million to purchase three prime plots in Makuyu town.
SEE ALSO :Suspect faults EACC in graft caseAccording to EACC, the fraud started when Kinuthia gave OSI Kenya Ltd secret information about the intention to purchase audit vault software and went ahead to sign the contract at an inflated price before it was discussed and approved by the executive committee. To hasten the fraud, the executive committee allegedly approved the single sourcing without involving the tender committee. As a result, Kinuthia, Annette Mwangi, Patrick Kamau, Ephantus Kairu, Sylvester Kiplagat, Charles Githinji, Charles Karisa, Edward Mwachinga, OSI Kenya Ltd and Mars Technologies Ltd faced the first count of conspiring to defraud Sh100 million. “Between July 2012 and August 2014, you jointly conspired to defraud Sh100,675,680 for the tender of supply and implementation of an Audit Vault software in the Office of the Auditor General,” read the charge sheet. Kinuthia and Ms Mwangi who was the ICT manager faced other charges giving misleading document to the auditor general indicating that all procurement procedures had been adhered to, an act that led to irregular contract awarded to OSI Kenya Ltd.
SEE ALSO :Sheria ya kuwapiga teke magavanaAll the accused denied the charges before anti-corruption court chief magistrate Douglas Ogoti who locked them up for another night to await the ruling on their bail application tomorrow.
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