EACC detains seventh suspect in alleged Sh600m water project

A seventh person has been detained by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in relation to the Rift Valley Water Service Board’s alleged corruption.

The contractor who allegedly submitted the Sh600 million bid for the Malaba Water and Sanitation Project will be charged tomorrow.

The suspect is accused of engaging in shady contracting practises when he was awarded the Sh600 million contract to build the Malaba Water and Sanitation Project and perform water supply services.

Christine Natome, the regional manager for EACC in Bungoma, reports that when the suspect showed up in response to the Commission’s order from last week, he was apprehended and put into custody.

On February 7, 2023 the suspect is scheduled to take a plea in response to charges of engaging in fraudulent procurement practises in violation of Section 66 (1) as read with Section 177(a) of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposition Act 2015.

He is presently being held in the EACC offices in Bungoma, according to the Commission, while he waits to be arraigned at the county anti-corruption court on Tuesday.

On February 2, 2023, six further suspects took a plea and were each granted a bond of Sh1 million with two sureties of the same amount, or Sh500,000.

They appeared before the Bungoma Anti-Corruption Court earlier on Monday.

Charles Mutai, a senior principal magistrate, set the hearing date for April 11 and the aforementioned date for February 15.


Written by Brian Mayodi

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