A fortnight after four senior officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission IEBC among them James Oswago were arraigned in court, four more were also arrested and arraigned in court in Nairobi. The four are alleged to have conspired to commit an offence of corruption by altering the substance of a tender submitted by Solarmak technologies for supply of solar lanterns ahead of the 2013 march 4th general elections.
…..the four Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officers are Adan Katelo,Kennedy Gaunge, Abdi Elema nad Gabriel Ngonyo Mutunga and are alleged to have been involved in fraudulent acts during the tendering process in October and November last year where IEBC tendered for supply of solar lanterns that were meant to be used during the march 4th general elections.They are alleged to have altered the substance of a tender submitted by Solarmak Technologies and as a result the company which did not meet the standards was awarded the tender.
They changed the price schedule that was submitted by Solarmak technologies.Directors of the said company Benson Gethi and Joyce Makena who are also listed on prosecution the charge sheet are claimed to have falsified a KRA document namely a Tax Compliant Certificate also in October last year with an intent to defraud.
The IEBC officers were given a cash bail of 700,000 shillings each with their case set for 21st of this month. Separately the case where healthcare workers’ representatives drawn from 22 associations, societies and unions faulted immediate devolution of health services, saying it was being done in a haphazard and reckless manner will be heard on the 14th of this month before a three judge bench.The bench comprising of Justice Mumbi Ngugi,Weldon Korir and George Odunga averred that the case is a serious one that should be handled with urgency. Led by Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) secretary-general Sultani Matendechere Healthcare workers have protested the move to devolve the sector and subsequent payment of their salaries by the county governments.