Ex-KPA Boss Charged in Ksh928M Fake Certificates Scandal

  • Former Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Daniel Ogwoka Manduku (left) and Juma Fadhili Chigulu at the anti-corruption court in Nairobi on August 28, 2020.
    Former Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Daniel Ogwoka Manduku (left) and Juma Fadhili Chigulu at the anti-corruption court in Nairobi on August 28, 2020.
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  • Former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku was on Wednesday, November 4, charged afresh over abuse of office in a case where at least Ksh928 Million was allegedly misappropriated.

    The under-fire former MD was charged alongside works officer Juma Fadhili.

    According to the prosecutor, the two allegedly colluded and unlawfully prepared work evaluation certificates that were erroneous.

    The certificates are said to have been presented to the finance department at the KPA by the respective contractors to claim payment occasioning overpayment running in the hundreds of millions.

    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
    The Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi as pictured on November 18, 2019
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    Manduku and his co-accused pleaded not guilty with Anti-corruption magistrate Lawrence Mugambi directed that the two remain on previous bond terms of Ksh12 Million.

    The two are accused of committing the offense on March 29, 2019 and August 22, 2019, at KPA headquarters in Mombasa.

    Manduku and his former colleague were further questioned over manufacturing concrete barriers works project at a cost of Ksh1.4 Billion without an approved budget or procurement plan. 

    The former KPA boss was arrested on August 27, with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) stating that investigations established that Manduku authorised and approved the procurement of the manufacture of concrete barriers at the Inland Container Depot, Kilindini Port and Makongeni Goods shed without an approved budget and procurement plan for the 2018/2019 Financial Year.

    The DPP further said that the contracts for the manufacture of the concrete barriers were awarded to 10 companies that were hand-picked by Manduku contrary to procurement regulations.

    Investigators further established that KPA made an overpayment of Ksh244,837,908.59 to the contractors for works not completed.

    The two were released a day later on Ksh30 million bond or Ksh12 million cash bail.

    Manduku, who was also KPA's accounting officer, faced two separate charges of willful failure to comply with procurement laws, procedures and guidelines, contrary to provisions of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.

    Former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku.
    Former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku.
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