Siginon Group says dam scandal vehicles are in bonded warehouse
Siginon Group, a Kenyan-based logistics and air-cargo services provider, has come out to absolve itself from any blame in the Ksh.21 billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal which is currently under investigations.
This comes after reports emerged that 45 vehicles were bought using funds meant for the dams construction, with 10 of the cars being kept at Siginon Group’s bonded warehouses at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The company’s Managing Director Meshack Kipturgo on Wednesday said the vehicles are still under the control of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) despite being in Siginon’s warehouse.
“The vehicles remain under customs bond in the control of Kenya Revenue Authority at our JKIA warehouses. Due process was followed in the engagement of both the client and all other concerned government agencies,” said Mr. Kipturgo.
The company says it was contracted by the importer of the vehicles, CMC De Ravenna, to offer customs bonded warehousing at its JKIA facilities. This happened after KRA reportedly allowed CMC De Ravenna to transfer 10 Toyota Hilux into Siginon Group’s bonded warehouse pending payment of customs duty.
Siginon Group therefore says the vehicles, which are under customs bond, can only be released after payment of the respective duties and taxes.
“In light of the current investigations, Siginon management has and will co-operate fully with the law enforcement and investigations agencies,” said Mr. Kipturgo.
According to detectives, Ksh.160 million of the dams project money was paid for 45 vehicles, with only 17 of them being allegedly registered in the name of CMC di Ravenna.
Of the remaining 28, 18 were allegedly taken to a bonded warehouse on Mombasa Road while the other 10 were kept at the Siginon warehouse.