Eight suspects in Kiratina Market tender fraud released on bond

Eight suspects were on Wednesday charged with various offenses related to the fraudulent tender for the construction of market sheds at Kiratina Market, Menegai Ward of Nakuru County.

The tender was worth KES 7.9 million.

Edith Kimani, Jackson Maingi, Nickson Kibet, Anne Njeri, Florence Karanja, and the directors of Levki Contractors Limited; Edith Maina, Jane Mwaura, and John Murage are among the accused.

According to the charges, Kimani is accused of failing to comply with procurement guidelines on February 24, 2017.

Meanwhile, Kibet, Njeri, and Karanja were allegedly members of the Tender Processing Committee, who unlawfully recommended the award of the tender to Levki Contractors.

The suspects were arrested on January 31, 2023, following allegations of embezzlement of public funds.

According to EACC, the county government of Nakuru paid around KES 10 million for the construction of Kiratina Market.

However, it was alleged that Levki Contractors Limited constructed only one shed instead of two and that the constructed shed had collapsed before it was handed over to the county government.

Warrants of arrest have been issued for two individuals who are currently at large, former County Structural Engineer, Jeremiah Maroko Bosire, and former Head of Procurement, Ngarari Eliezer Njue.

The accused individuals were released on bond terms with Kimani, Maingi, Wangari, Njoki and Murage directed to pay KES 600,000 bond, with a surety of a similar amount or pay an alternative cash bail of KES 300,000.

Kibet, Njeri, and Wanjiku have been released on KES 200,000 bond and a surety of the same amount or a cash bail of KES 100,000.

The suspects are expected to appear in court on February 14, 2023.


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