EACC arrests 4 over Ksh.100M tender for solar electrification of primary schools

EACC arrests 4 over Ksh.100M tender for solar electrification of primary schools

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Thursday arrested four people and are pursuing four others over procurement irregularities in the tender for solar electrification of public primary schools worth over Ksh.100 million between 2014 and 2015.

Among those arrested include former officials of the defunct Rural Electrification Authority (REA), now known as Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation, namely; Nofatos Ng’ang’a Munyu (CEO), James Muriithi (Head of Renewable Energy), Joel Omusembe (Head of Procurement), and Economist Simon Kirui.

Those currently being pursued and who have since been directed to present themselves to Integrity Centre include; Abdirahman Dakane Abdullahi (Director Nav World Limited), Abdi Majid Abass (Director Nav World Limited), Hassan Sheikh Mohammed Diriye (Director North Pride Limited), Fatuma Abdi Hassan (Director North Pride Limited.)

EACC, in a statement to newsrooms, said it established that despite not participating in the tender for the installation of solar systems to public primary schools in Kenya, then REA CEO Munyu issued a letter of successful prequalification to Nav World Limited and awarded the company a contract worth Ksh.39,896,018.

The commission also stated that, similarly, Northpride Ltd did not participate in the tender but was still issued with a letter of successful prequalification worth Ksh.46,957,685 by Munyu.

It was also established that Nav World Limited was incorporated by the Registrar of Companies on September 2, 2014, whereas submission of bid documents was done three months earlier on May 30, 2014.

EACC thereby, upon completion of investigations, recommended that the then REA officials, directors of Nav World and their Northpride Ltd counterparts be charged for the following offences: conspiracy to commit a crime of corruption, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with the law applicable to procurement, as well as fraudulent acquisition of public property.

The commission CEO Twalib Mbarak, in the statement, said the file was submitted to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji who, upon review, okayed that the 8 individuals and two companies be charged.

They are set to be arraigned in court on Friday, March 19, 2021.

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