Ministry of defense denies involvement in the Sh40 billion arms' tender scandal

By Nzioka Justin | Tuesday, Feb 18th 2020 at 08:23
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Ministry of Defense has finally come out to issue its stand on the Sh40 billion arms' saga, which has seen the Deputy president implicated. At the same time, ex-sports CS Rashid Echesa got arrested.

The ex-CS is being faced with different charges among them using the office of the Deputy President to attain an Sh11 million bribe, from Eco Advanced Technologies Company directors.

This was in an attempt to lure the directors that he [Echesa] was able to assist the directors in winning the multi-billion tender.

Secondly, Echesa was charged for alleged forgery of the Defense CS Ms. Monicah Juma's signature.

Mr. Echesa appeared before the court on Monday together with three others Kennedy Oyoo, Daniel Otieno and Clifford Okoth to answer fraud charges.

The four denied all of the charges before they were released on the Sh1 million bond each. Detectives from the Directorate for Criminal Investigations nabbed Echesa last Thursday in connection to the Sh40 billion fake tender.

Defence Ministry has established how investigators and the con victims paid a visit to Ulinzi house to verify whether the officers they met last time were still there.

"During the visit, it was established that the complainants never interacted with any official mandated to represent the Ministry of Defence," read part of a statement by Defence Ministry Public Communications director Bogita Onderi.

The statement also added that "all the documents and the content displayed in the media, pertaining the matter, never originated from the Ministry of Defence."

A surveillance footage retrieved from DP Ruto's office on Friday showed two of Ruto's aides having been present when the meeting between Echesa and the Eco Advanced Technologies Company officials met over the deal.

Despite the DP's admittance that the meeting occurred, he alleged that many others could have been involved, also accusing his political enemies of using the opportunity to paint his name negatively.

Mr. Echesa's defendants on Monday called upon the court to order politicians among them Governor Charity Ngilu, Cotu Secretary-General Francis Atwoli, Senator James Orengo against speaking about the issue.

They requested unconditional release for vehicles and firearms which had been confiscated from Echesa's home, now that they were not mentioned in the case.

Though the court seemingly brushed off the request, claiming that everybody had freedom of expression. 

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