Five Kwale County Officials Arrested Over Ksh48.9 Million Graft Case

Police car during a crackdown on PSVs Non-compliant to covid-19
Police officers patrolling in Kenya during the Covid-19 pandemic

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives have arrested the head of the Kwale County Treasury and his four brothers, who are employed in various departments, on graft charges.

In an update issued on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the commission claimed that the five brothers fraudulently awarded 10 contracts amounting to Ksh48.9 million to their family businesses.

The quintet, who own two companies, were further accused of using the companies to execute fraudulent deals with the Kwale County Government.

EACC further noted that the tenders, which they obtained using forged documents, were for the supply and delivery of sanitation materials, food and ration, general office supplies, and institutional appliances.

A photo of the EACC headquarters, at Integrity House in Nairobi.
A photo of the EACC headquarters, at Integrity House in Nairobi.

According to the Commission, the contracts in question were paid to the two family companies at an exaggerated amount of Ksh44.9 million and Ksh4 million. The money was then divided among the suspects. 

The county officials also stand accused of violating procurement laws, whereby they forged some of the documents that were part of the requirements, to award themselves the tender. 

The five suspects have been transferred from the Mombasa Central Police Station to the Mombasa Anti-Corruption Court, where they are expected to answer the charges against them. 

In a separate arrest, EACC detectives on Monday arrested Marsabit Central Ward Administrator Halkano Dabasso over forgery of academic certificates. 

The suspect, to be arraigned before the Isiolo Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday, forged a Diploma in Community Development and Social Work purporting it to be a genuine document issued by the Thika Institute of Business Studies and a KCSE Certificate from KNEC.

The Administrator, who has been employed at the county offices for over six years, will face six counts relating to fraudulent acquisition of public property, deceiving the principal, forgery, and uttering a false document.

In a quarterly report published by EACC on February 23, a sitting MP and his two daughters were among those fronted in the list of individuals set for prosecution, about allegations of procurement irregularities at his constituency amounting to Ksh51.4 million.

The Commission noted that the MP used his office to award tenders to his children, allegedly for the construction of classrooms, event hosting, and roadworks in the constituency.

Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak giving a speech
Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak
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