KENYA’S AUDITOR-GENERAL INPLICATED IN INFLATED TENDER EXERCISE

Kenya’s Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has implicated Auditor-General Edward Ouko in the 100 million-shilling (about 977,000 US dollars) inflated tender for auditing software which was valued at only 18 million shillings.

EACC Deputy Chief Executive Michael Mubea told the National Assembly Finance Committee here Thursday that the Auditor-General signed for the payment of 100 million shillings, two months before the contract was awarded.

The commission, however, failed to prove that the auditor-general indeed benefited from the proceeds of the contract.

The EACC was presenting its findings on procurement of audit software at the Office of the Auditor-General which cost taxpayers 100 million shillings.

Mubea implicated Ouko and other nine officials for over-pricing the tender by 82 million shillings and failing to follow procurement procedures in the tendering process.

According to the EACC, the auditor-general himself awarded the contract to OCI Limited irregularly and approved the payment two months before the contract was awarded.

The anti-graft agency has therefore recommended that the 10 officials of the Office of the Auditor-General be charged with abuse of office, engaging in project prior to planning and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

Although the Director of Public Prosecution has returned the file to the EACC demanding further investigations, the anti-corruption officials proved to the committee that part of the 100 million shillings paid to OCI Limited was wired back to officials working at the Office of the Auditor-General.

Meanwhile, the High Court will on Monday make a ruling in the case where Ouko has filed a suit seeking to gag the National Assembly from hearing a petition for his removal from office on allegations of graft.

The court will make a determination as to whether the findings of the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, Finance and Planning will be forwarded to the President or not.

On Thursday, Justice George Odunga declined to stop the committee’s proceedings and instead forwarded the case file to another judge.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK