EACC sues firm paid Ksh 21 million by Prisons Department for goods not supplied
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has filed a complaint in Nairobi High Court seeking to recover Ksh 21 million from a private company, Mulwa Farm Limited.
According to EACC, Mulwa Farm Limited, whose sole director is Steven Mulwa, fraudulently and illegally received a total of Ksh 21,697,500 from the State Department of Correctional Services on account of goods, in form of food and rations, not supplied between 2016 and 2019.
“A fraudulent scheme was perpetrated jointly by all of Defendants, involving making of false procurement documents including requisition forms, Local Purchase Orders (LPO), delivery notes, inspection and acceptance certificates, and Invoices which were used to support payment vouchers,” EACC said in a statement.
EACC issued a demand notice to Mulwa Farm Limited and nine public officials on August 16, 2022, seeking them to remit the above amount.
The defendants failed to prompt the commission to file a recovery suit in the High Court on October 4, 2022.
“EACC notes that despite the stringent and multiple stages of authentication and approval of payments in government financial expenditure, individual public officers embezzling huge amounts of public funds continue to thrive. This points to possible collusion, connivance or abdication of duty by accounting officers,” EACC noted in the statement.
EACC challenged accounting officers in public institutions to accept their roles in safeguarding public monies entrusted to their care and control.