Ex-KPA boss charged in another corruption case

Daniel Manduku and his co-accused Juma Fadhili [Photo: KBC]

Nov, 5th 2020 – Former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku and his co-accused Juma Fadhili have been charged afresh over abuse of office charges in a case where they are accused of misappropriating over Sh928 Million. 

The prosecution says the two knowingly abused the authority of their office by misappropriating Sh678 Million meant for repair and maintenance vote in the Kenya ports authority annual budget for 2018-2019 financial year. 

The two allegedly colluded and unlawfully prepared work certificates that were fallacious. The certificates are said to have bben presented to the finance department at the Kenya ports authority by the contractors to claim payment occasioning overpayment of sh244 million by the Kenya ports authority.

The accused allegedly committed the offence between May 2019 and August 2019 at the KPA headquarters in Mombasa. According to the charge sheet, the two engaged in concrete barriers works project to manufacture at a cost of Sh1.4 billion. They were charged with engaging in a project without a clear planning contrary to the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003.

The former boss was arrested on the 27th of August. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) stated that the investigations confirmed that Manduku authorized and approved procurement of the manufacture of concrete barriers at the Island Container Depot without an approved procurement plan and budget for the 2018/2019.

The DPP added that the contracts for the manufacture of the concrete barriers were awarded to 10 companies that were Manduku’s choice, contrary to procurement regulations.

Anti-corruption magistrate Lawrence Mugambi has directed that the two remain out on previous bond terms of Sh12 Million after pleading not guilty to the fresh charges. The pretrial of the case will be heard in the first week of December.

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