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Detectives arrest seven Kericho County officials over graft

By Steve Mkawale | June 10th 2020

Seven officials of the Kericho County government and a director of a private company will be arraigned on Thursday to answer to corruption charges relating to the award of Sh5.6 million tender.

According to a bulletin released by The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Wednesday evening, the former Chief Officer in charge of Public Works, Roads and Transport Peter Kipyegon Kosgey and six (6) other suspects were arrested today evening.

The anti-graft agency said it investigated a complaint alleging conflict of interest and procurement irregularities by public officials of the County Government of Kericho, in respect of a contract awarded for the construction of a road in Belgut Sub-County known as the Bae- Kapsimotwet Kibaraa road.

The statement from the commission’s Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak stated the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had established that the seven irregularly awarded contract No. CGK/Q033/RD/2015- 2016 for the construction of Bae- Kapsimotwet Kibaraa road in Kericho County to Jawlink Logistics Limited at a tender sum of Sh5,600,000.00.

The approved charges against them also state that one official involved in the tender process was also a director of Jawlink Logistics Limited.

“The firm was neither prequalified by the County Government nor registered with the National Construction Authority,” read part of the EACC statement to the media.

Upon an independent review of the evidence, the DPP issued consent to apprehend and charge eight (8) suspects with various offences under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act and for violation of Procurement Laws.

The suspects; Kosgey, Joash Chirchir (Civil Engineer), Charles Mabwai (Procurement Officer), Aaron Waiharo Njoroge (Accountant), Stanley Ruto Cheruyot (Roads Inspector), Lilian Chepkoech Kirui  (Roads Inspector) and John Kimutai Rotich (Director) will be arraigned at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kericho on Thursday.

Japheth Kipgenoh, the Director of Jawlink Logistics Limited was summoned to appear before the EACC offices by Wednesday, but he was yet to present himself 

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