EACC probes firm in Sh1.8bn ferry tender

By: ELKANA JACOB

A company is under investigation over allegations it was paid billions of shillings for the inflated procurement of two new ferries on August 28.

EACC investigators obtained a court order to examine the accounts where the billions of shillings were deposited.

MotoNguvu East Africa Ltd is allegedly owned by two directors, a Briton and a Kenyan woman.

Kenya Ferry Services MD Hassan Musa said the two ferries will cost $18.6 million (Sh1.8 billion).

“The commission is investigating allegations of irregular payment by KFS to MotoNguvu believed not to have a fixed abode and for goods or services not delivered during the financial year 2015-16,” the statement from the EACC says.

They are said to be using a fake company and hiding under the umbrella of an international Turkish company, Ozata Tersanecilik San Vetic Ltd, which won the vessels tender, EACC said.

The company was to come up with the design, supply and commission two new ferries.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission wants to scrutinise the accounts of the company.

Investigators want to obtain account opening documents, bank documents, cheques, deposit slips, letter of credit, telegraphic transfers and client instructions.

They say the figures for the procurement of the vessels were inflated.

Reports have confirmed the amounts were paid to three accounts in euros, Kenya shillings and US dollars.

“We have a contract with Ozata, MotoNguvu is their associate here in Kenya. The ferries will be ready in 16-18 months,” he said yesterday.

Senior KFS managers have recorded statements with the EACC.

Officers from the EACC are also probing installation of ramps and other security equipment at the Likoni crossing channel after their prices were said to have been inflated.

These include the ferry crossing weighbridge, construction of ramps at both sides of the channel, ticketing machines and screening machines.

Mombasa EACC boss Khalid Hassan said they are working on several reports at the ferry and soon the file will be presented to the DPP.

Suspended Transport CS Michael Kamau said he cannot comment on any issue.

“With issues to do with the Ministry I cannot comment,” he said.