GDC officials charged, released on Sh8m cash bail

By: PAUL OGEMBA

Nine members of Geothermal Development Company tender committee have been charged with abuse of office in awarding a Sh42.7 million tender.

The nine, who included GDC managing director Silas Masinde Simiyu, denied the seven charges before Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Kennedy Bidali and were released on a cash bail ranging between Sh5 million and Sh8 million.

Those charged alongside Mr Simiyu were Nicholas Karume Weke, Abtaham Kipchirhir Saat, Peter Ayodo Omenda, Godwin Mwagae Mwanongo, Praxidis Namoni Mbayi, Caleb Indiatsi Mbayi, Bruno Mugambi Linyuru and Michael Maingi Mbevi.

In count one, the accused persons were alleged to have failed to comply with procurement laws in awarding the Sh42.7 million tender to Bonfide Clearing and Forwarding Ltd.

“On August 29 2012 at GDC headquarters at Taj Towers in Nairobi, being members of the GDC tender committee failed to comply with laws relating to procurement by confirming an award of Sh42,746,000 to Bonfide Clearing and Forwarding Ltd for rig move services,” read the charge sheet.

The second count was against Mr Saat, Mr Mwanogo, Mr Linyuri, Mr Simiyu and Mr Mbevi where they were alleged to have influenced the tender committee in evaluating the contract.

Mr Simiyu and Ms Saisi, who is the company secretary, faced separate additional charges of abuse of office and failing to ensure proper management of public funds.

The two were released on a cash bail of Sh8 million each while the rest were granted Sh5 million cash bail each.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION