The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has launched a probe against a senior Turkana County official for fraudulently awarding a Ksh100 tender to a company he has a private interest in.
An EACC report shared on Sunday showed that investigations established that the accountant general of the Turkana County Government held a private interest in the company which traded with the devolved unit.
“This investigation commenced following an anonymous report made to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) alleging conflict of interest and embezzlement of funds,” read part of the statement.
EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak speaking during the recovery of the Ksh1.2 billion Chale Island in Kwale County on October 9, 2023.
EACC Investigations revealed that on March 23, 2021, the company was issued with Local Purchase Order No 703 for the supply of 6,024 bags of corn soya blend dubbed Unimix for ECD schools at a unit price of Ksh4,150 per bag.
According to the Commission, the company conspired with the Public Health Officer and members of the Inspection and Acceptance Committee to submit false delivery notes together with an invoice dated May 25, 2021, purporting that 6,024 bags of soya beans had been delivered to Turkana County Government.
“Ksh24,999,600 was paid to (the company) being payment for supplying 6,024 bags of corn soya blend which goods were never delivered to the County,” read the EACC statement in part.
On August 16, 2023, a report was compiled and forwarded to the DPP with recommendations to charge the accountant general as well as members of the Inspection and Acceptance Committee.
The Anti-Corruption Commission also recommended charges against the Public Health Officer and Directors of the company in question.
EACC accused the accountant general, and the public health officer alongside the company of two counts of deceiving the county government.
The county officials were also accused of abuse of office contrary to rules laid down in the Constitution.
According to EACC, the officers are also linked to a fraudulent acquisition of Public Property.
EACC’s probe of Turkana County Government forms part of the long list of counties put under the commission’s radar on claims of embezzlement of funds.
Among the Counties under probe include Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Marsabit, Kirinyaga, Kajiado, Garissa, Kitui, Tharaka Nithi and Mandera.
Turkana County Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning offices
Turkana County Gvt