Firm used forged letter to secure Sh500m tender
SEE ALSO: Explainer: How a governor is impeachedThe anti-graft agency said Testimony used a forged introductory letter to get a contract in Kiambu County to construct several roads and that Waititu used his office to influence the tendering committee to favour the firm. “Investigations established that in tendering for the subject tender, it had engaged in fraudulent practices, fraud, misrepresentation, breach of procurement laws and bribery to influence the award of tender in its favour,” EACC’s lawyer Diana Kenduiwa argued. According to EACC, after Testimony clinched the tender, Sh25 million was wired into Bienvenue Hotel Limited account, a hotel associated with Waititu. According to the anti-corruption watchdog, Testimony also submitted falsified curriculum vitaes and academic certificates for its technical staff, among other documents submitted for verification during the tendering process. Financial statements
SEE ALSO: Governor Ferdinand Waititu impeachedIt also emerged that the company submitted financial statements belonging to a third party company and passing them off as their own. EACC argues that the contract cost Kiambu residents Sh588 million, but the amount was inflated. Court documents read that Watitu had a private interest in the tenders, which was a conflict of interest. “Investigations also revealed that the eighth defendant (Waititu), while being a public officer, an agent and the Governor of Kiambu County Government knowingly acquired and or held a private interest in the subject contracts which private interest was in conflict with the powers and functions of his public office,” the documents read. They go on: “The eighth defendant abused his office by directly or indirectly influencing the procurement process and the eventual award of tender in favour of the first defendant (Testimony) and consequently received a benefit of Sh25.6 million from the first defendant out of payments made by the County Government of Kiambu under the contract.” EACC wants the court to find that the tender to construct roads in Thika, Limuru, Gatundu North, Juja and Ruiru was illegally and irregularly awarded and order for a refund of the money.
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