Suspended Kenya Pipeline MD Charles Tanui charged with abuse of office

By: PAUL OGEMBA

Suspended Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Charles Tanui has been charged with abuse of office in the ongoing war on corruption.

Mr Tanui is accused of irregularly awarding a Sh29 million contract for the installation of autotransformers.

He was charged alongside the company’s chief engineer Josphat Kipkoech Sirma and chief technical manager Elias Maina Karumi with six counts of abuse of office and failing to comply with procurement rules in awarding the multi-million shillings contract to Redline Limited.

The four join the growing list of senior government officials who have been charged with corruption-related offences this week.

On Tuesday, suspended Geothermal Development Company managing director Silas Simiyu, company secretary Praxidis Saisi and seven members of the firm’s tender committee were charged with abuse of office in awarding a Sh42.7 million tender for rig move services.

Then on Wednesday, National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation managing director Evans Ngibuini and 12 senior officials in the parastatal were charged with conspiracy to defraud Sh41 million.

It was also a day which saw Devolution PS Peter Mangiti and National Youth Service director Nelson Githinji join 24 other officials in facing charges over the loss of Sh791 million at the youth service.

Mr Tanui was accused of failing to comply with procurement rules when he authorised and signed the contract for installation of autotransformers at the pipeline headquarters in Industrial Area, Nairobi.

“You failed to comply with rules relating to procurement by authorising payment of Sh28,195,560 to Redline Limited for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of autotransformers without a contract,” read the charge sheet.

Mr Tanui and Mr Karumi were accused of paying Sh939,060 to Redline Ltd when the company had not done any work.

They all denied the charges and were released on Sh700,000 cash bail by principal magistrate Felix Kombo. Mention was set for November 30 when the hearing date would be fixed

SOURCE: DAILY NATION