The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) established that the Kenya Ports Authority spent Ksh137 million on bottled office water without following procurement procedures.
The commission now want the directors of six firms involved in the scam charged in court.
The commission wants the directors charged with six counts of deceiving principal contrary to section 41(2), twelve counts of abuse of office, and ten counts of wilful failure to comply with the applicable laws, regulations and guidelines of procurement.
The officials also face four counts of fraudulent acquisition of public property and one count of wilful failure to perform an official duty.
The EACC report dated November 23, 2021, and signed by Chairperson Archbishop Eliud Wabukala and Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak, indicated that contracted companies inflated the costs, leading to huge losses.
“On 7th September 2021, a report was compiled and forwarded to the DPP with recommendations to charge officials of KPA, Mombasa fresh water supply Company, Pincho Traders, Smech Enterprises, Nyavu Traders, Aquisana Limited and all their Directors,” reads the EACC 3rd Quarterly Report Covering the Period from July 1, 2021, to September 30, this year.
Upon completion of an investigation into procurement scandal by KPA, it was established that the parastatal did not follow procurement protocols to allow different competent firms bid for the botched tenders.