Six arrested over irregular procurement of KES 600M Malaba Water Project

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has arrested six individuals over allegations of irregularities in the procurement and award of a contract for the construction of the Malaba Water and Sanitation Project.

The individuals include four officials from the Rift Valley Water Services Board and two from the Lake Victoria North Water Service Board.

The six individuals were arrested on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, and are currently being held at the EACC Bungoma Regional Office.

They will be arraigned before the Bungoma Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday to face various corruption charges including “willful failure to comply with the law and regulations relating to procurement”, “neglect of official duty by a public officer”, and “fraudulent practice in procurement”.

The suspects are Rachael Nafula Makokha (Programme Coordinator), Agnes Jerop Bowen (Programme Accountant) and Patrose Sempeiyan Leshinka (Engineer)

Others include Procurement Assistant David Kigen, Former Water Provision Officer at Lake Victoria North Water Service Board Isaac Kiptanui Ruto and Infrastructure Development Officer Jared Ouma Okungu.

The Rift Valley Water Services Board awarded the contract to Mactebac Contractors Limited for a sum of KES 600 million.

According to the EACC, the investigation into the matter arose from allegations received that the Rift Valley Water Services Board had awarded the tender for the construction project to a company that did not meet the necessary qualifications.

Following the conclusion of the investigation, the EACC forwarded the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who gave the officers a green light to charge.

Joram Opala Otieno, the Director of Mactebac Contractors Ltd, has been directed to present himself to the EACC Bungoma Regional Office for processing.

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