Top officials quizzed in Israeli’s Sh14 billion roads tender
SEE ALSO :300 tycoons probed over Sh10b land grabThe Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) confirmed that Israeli police had shared with them some details of the Shikun & Binui case in which 18 Kenyan officials were among the 50 people questioned last year in an investigation conducted by the Israeli and Kenyan authorities. It is not clear whether they were questioned as suspects or merely as persons who by virtue of their positions could help investigators in both countries unravel the alleged bribery scheme On Monday, Israeli police and Israel Securities Authority (ISA) announced they have sufficient evidence to try senior executives of the construction company on multiple charges including bribery and money laundering. In Nairobi, EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak said the agency would be keenly following the case and that he intends to ask the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) for the go-ahead to charge any Kenyan indicted. According to Mr Mbarak, EACC had requested for more details on the case from the Israeli.
SEE ALSO :Suspect faults EACC in graft case“We will forward the files to the ODPP with various recommendations on this matter for action,” he said. Mbarak confirmed that 18 Kenyans were summoned, questioned and recorded statements last year when the matter first broke out. According to Mbarak, those who were questioned include former roads ministers Michael Kamau and Frankline Bett and former Principal Secretary John Musonik. Others include a consultant John Okumu, former Kenya National Highways Authority boss, Meshak Kidenda, his staff James Bowen, Samuel Omer, Linus Tonui, John Ndinika and Bett’s personal assistant, Geoffrey Kimutai. Others are a consultant David Maganda, Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) officials Mwangi Maingi and John Mwatu, former Kura) CEO Joseph Nkadayo, John Ogango and Justus Bosire of directorate of occupational safety and health. An official with the National Environment Management Authority and a consultant, Ohad Lavi was also questioned.
SEE ALSO :Sheria ya kuwapiga teke magavanaPreviously, the company has been probed by the World Bank’s Integrity department over projects in Guatemala although a report has not been issued since 2016.
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