Kilifi county officials arrested by EACC over graft

SamuelKilifi county water Chief Officer Samuel Kombe (in stripped shirt) and Samuel Hatibu (in black) being escorted to a van at the EACC offices in Malindi

Sleuths from the Ethics and anti-corruption commission EACC have arrested two Kilifi county officials over suspected corrupt dealings.

Water Chief Officer Samuel Kombe and monitoring and evaluation officer Samuel Maneno Hatibu were arrested on Thursday afternoon over a Sh36 million tender.

The two will be charged tomorrow in a Kilifi court tomorrow.

The charges they are expected to face include fraudulent procurement proceedings, acquisition of public property, uttering a false document and making documents without authority.

In 2016, the EACC commenced investigations into suspected irregular procurement and award of a Sh36.3 million tender for construction of the Kadzandani-Adu-Kamale Water Project to Geotech Contractors Limited.

According to the inquiry file, the supporting documents that had been submitted by the winning bidder Geotech were all forged.

The directors of Geotech Contractors Limited are still being pursued.

Furthermore, the commission also established that Sh22.3 million had been irregularly paid for services not adequately rendered.

“The EACC compiled a statutory report as per section 35 of ACECA and forwarded the same to the DPP. The DPP has concurred with the commission recommendations to charge the directors of Geotech and the county officials,” EACC said.

EACC has intensified operations that will see more county officials arrested for siphoning county funds through fictitious claims.

A source at the EACC said most of those on the radar are Chief Officers.

“Others are using companies by their relatives and being paid for work not done,” the source said.

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