Suspended Kenya Pipeline MD Tanui charged with abuse of office

Suspended Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Charles Tanui has been charged with abuse of office in awarding a Sh29 million contract for the installation of autotransformers.

Mr Tanui was charged alongside company 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 contract to Redline Limited.

Mr Tanui is accused of willingly failing to comply with procurement rules when he authorised and signed the contract.

“Being the managing director and accounting officer, 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.

In another count, Mr Tanui is accused of using his office to improperly confer a benefit of Sh939,060 to Redline Limited when the company had not done any work.

Mr Sirma was accused of making a false certificate of completion to show that Redline Ltd had completed installation of autotransformers at Kenya Pipeline headquarters.

They all denied the charges and were released on a cash bail of Sh700,000.

The case is scheduled for mention on November 30, when a hearing date will be set.