DPP Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest of several Nyandarua county officials over a fraudulent Sh50 million water and sewerage tender. The officials are accused of flouting procurement laws and regulations in awarding the tender in 2014.
Among them is former Governor Daniel Waithaka, Water executive Grace Wanjiru as well as county officers Kihiu Gichinga, John Ngigi and Jesse Wachira.
Others are Tashal Consulting Engineers Limited, Chen Yochanan and Albert Attias. A statement posted on the ODPP’s Twitter account on Wednesday night stated that the EACC established that the county unlawfully engaged M/S Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited in the development of a county water master plan. The company was also to design and review the Ol Kalou Town Sewerage System, Haji said, adding it was illegally paid a total of Sh50,470,513.
The ODPP noted that Tahal was engaged on February 2, 2016 yet the contract was entered into two years earlier, on April 30, 2014. “At the time of the signing of the contract, Tahal was not a legal entity,” Haji said. He added: “Nyandarua did not have a procurement plan or funds for the project for financial year 2013/14.” The company was paid in two installments – one of Sh23,895,513 on July 2, 2014, and another of Sh26,575,000 on September 4, 2015.