Thursday, February 25, 2021

Kenya: Whistleblower Opens Lid On Corruption At Ports Agency

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PROCUREMENT LAWS

Mr Okhako is also accusing Dr Manduku of working with ‘his right-hand man’ to bend procurement rules.

Mr Okhako says he tried approaching the managing director to discuss concerns over claims that he was directly benefiting from circumventing the procurements system in favour of proxy companies but in vain.

“There is a claim by staff in civil and finance departments that procurement rules in civil and concrete works are being breached to enrich Dr Manduku, and two others.”

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Mr Okhako cites a presidential circular 1/2018 which requires that if a public entity awards a contract, it should be displayed on its website showing name of the company, its directors, amount of the award and method used to procure.

“How come most of these contracts have not been reported to the relevant regulatory agency, and they are not on Ifmis and KPA website? How come they were not budgeted for in 2018- 19 FY?” he questions.

TRANSFERS

He also cites the latest transfer of senior KPA staff as a “punishment by Dr Manduku to officers who refused to toe his line”.

The managing director is alleged to have perfected the transfers of the officials who were spearheading integrity drive at their departments, hence exposing the agency to corruption deals.

Already, Mr Kinoti has written to Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia seeking administrative action against Dr Manduku after the whistleblower, who was also moved, notified the DCI boss of intimidation tactics intended to frighten him.

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