10 December 2018

Kenya Pipeline Company and NHIF Top Officials in Court

By JEREMIAH WAKAYA, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 10 - More than twenty suspects--mainly top officials of the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) and the National Housing Insurance Fund (NHIF)--were set to face charges Monday, related to mega scandals worth over Sh3 billion.

The officials were arrested last week--others over the weekend and have been in custody until Monday morning when they were taken to court.

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They include former Kenya Pipeline Company Managing Director Joe Sang and other officials who worked under him--all accused of misappropriating close to Sh2 billion in the Kisumu Oil Jetty project.

At NHIF, Geoffrey Mwangi who was suspended as Chief Executive Officer upon his arrest and prosecution for interfering with an investigation, will be facing charges alongside his predecessor Simeon Ole Kirgotty and more than a dozen other officials over a Sh1 billion tender awarded to a software development firm.

KPC former Managing Director Sang will be answering to charges of improper award of a tender for the construction of the Kisumu Oil Jetty worth Sh1.9 billion, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

Gloria Khafafa, who worked as the Company Secretary, will be charged with using her officer to improperly confer a benefit for the construction of the oil jetty, beyond the approved budget. Sang and Khafafa were arrested on Friday morning.

The DPP has also indicated that he intends to charge Mwangi, who was suspended as NHF CEO, with three counts of abuse of office--all related t the award of a contract or contracts worth Sh1.1 billion to Webtribe Limited--an integrated software development firm whose two directors will also be charged.

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