Parastatal chief charged with influencing Sh40m contract

National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation managing director Evans Ngibuini is among 12 people who have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the parastatal.

Mr Ngibuini faces three counts of abuse of office, inappropriate influence and misleading the tender committee into awarding a Sh41 million contract to Telecommunication Today Limited for structural cabling at the corporation’s headquarters.

“Being the managing director of NWCPC, you abused your office by a conferring a benefit of Sh40,051,146 to Telecommunication Today Limited by signing the notification of award for the tender for supply, delivery and installation of cabling that did not meet the requirement,” read the charges.

In another count, Mr Ngibuini was charged alongside the State firm’s procurement committee board members, Mustafa Aman, George Sar and James Bundi, for misleading the tender committee to approve the contract.

The four were further accused of exerting undue influence on the evaluation process by preparing and signing the contract documents.

Also charged were the tender committee members Justus Wabuyabo, John Musyoka, Ezekiah Kapkiai, Margaret Kithunzi, Duncan Tallam, Musiega Assava, Wilfred Munyiri and John Kipkorir for failing to follow procurement rules in awarding the tender.

“On July 24 2014, you inappropriately used your offices to confer a benefit to Telecommunication Today Limited when the company did not meet the requirement set out in the tender documents,” read the charge sheet.

They all denied the charges and were released on a cash bail of Sh2 million each or an alternative of Sh5 million bond with a surety of similar amount.

SOURCE: BUSINESS DAILY