Nine officers from the County government of Kilifi were on Friday arraigned in a Malindi court over corruption related charges.
They were charged alongside a supplier and a former officer with the Kilifi government.
Patience Tsimba, the Chief officer for Trade and tourism, John Mwangi Gachuru the Director of fisheries, Sophie Mnyamanyi Mwandawiro an accountant, Silas Mohammed Chuba (Former ICT Chief officer), Julius Munga a procurement officer and Serah Musyimi (Director, Capital solutions limited) appeared before Malindi Chief Magistrate Dr. Julie Oseko and denied all charged.
The charges involved the procurement of a rescue boat at a cost of Sh 14, 870,750.
The court heard that on diverse dates between 16th December 2015 and 14th November 2016, they jointly conspired to irregularly award the tender to supply and deliver of sea rescue boat to Capital Solutions limited, a company that did not qualify for such an award by uttering false financial statements.
Detectives are also looking for supplier cum politician Sanga Barawa who is also a director of Capital Solutions Limited. Kevin Kieti who was head of supply chain management is also being sort.
In the first count Gachuru, Mwandawiro and Munga were charged that on February 29 2016 within Kilifi County being employees of the county government including Director of fisheries, Accountant and procurement officers sitting as members of tender evaluation committee failed to comply it the applicable law relating to procurement.
The three also denied having failed to comply with the procurement laws during the award of the tender.
Kigen the Head of Supply Chain who was not present was also charged that on March 3 2016 being a person concerned with the management of public revenue failed to ensure that the evaluation report for the supply and delivery of a sea rescue boat tender number KCG/001/2015/2016 was tabled before to the tender committee for adjudication.
Sanga Barrawah, Serah Musyimi and Capital Solutions Limited were also charged with three other counts of engaging in fraudulent practice by submitting false financial statements to the County government of Kilifi for the supply of the rescue boat.
The Court heard that the accused persons and their company uttered false financial statements purportedly prepared and endorsed by Monda and Associates as part of their tender document for the supply of the rescue boat and fraudulently acquired Sh. 14,870,750 from the Kilifi County government after an irregular award of tender for the supply of the boat.
Trade and Tourism chief officer Patience Tsimba was charged with using her office to improperly confer a benefit to Capital Solutions Limited by approving the payment of Sh. 14,870,750 for the supply of the boat.
Silas Mohamed Chuba faced charges of approving the professional opinion for the irregular award of the tender to Capital Solutions Limited and failed to ensure that the evaluation report was tabled before the tender committee for adjudication.
The accused were released on a bond of Sh. 2 million each with a similar surety with an alternative of a sh. 300,000 cash bail each.