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FIVE senior civil servants and two directors of a private firm has today been charged with fraudulently facilitating a fake Sh200 million contract for the supply of 30,000 solar lanterns to the national elections agency for use during in the March 4 concluded General Election.



Four officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) appeared before Nairobi Senior Principal Magistrate, Peter Ndwiga, and denied the two-count indictment.



The IEBC Procurement Manager, Willy Gachanja Kamanga, businessman Benson Gethi Wangui, Joyce Makena and Solarmak Technologies are required to appear in  court on November 21 to answer the two separate charges.

Gachanja, along with Adan Katello Adano, Kennedy Gaunye Ochae, Abdi Elema Ali and Gabriel Ngonyo Mutunga are alleged to have colluded to corruptly alter the substance of the tender submitted to the IEBC by Solarmak Technologies Ltd, which was unqualified for such contract. The alleged offence was committed at the IEBC Anniversary Towers headquarters in Nairobi between October 22 and November 23, last year.

The accused persons faced an alternative charge of colluding to change the price schedule submitted by the alleged fictitious firm to ensure it won the lucrative tender contract.

Gachanja and Ngonyo were separately charged with violation of procurement regulations act by failure to safeguard the tender documents submitted by various bidders, which resulted in the tampering of those presented by Solarmak Technologies Limited.

The four accused were directed to deposit cash bill of Sh700,000 or Sh1million bond with the similar surety bond to secure their liberty. Summons were issued against  Gachanja, Gethi, Makena and Solarmak Technologies Limited after the state counsel informed the court the above mentioned people has not aapeared in court today .



Gethi, Makena and the firm were charged with forgery relating to a tax compliance certificate that was allegedly issued by the Assistant Commissioner of Domestic Taxes Department of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). They are accused of having procured the document at the KRA offices for Nairobi North on October 16, last year.



The two directors are alleged to have presented the forged document before  IEBC Chief Executive Officer at the Anniversary Towers offices on October 15, last year, purporting that they were genuine.

They have been charged with forging a Certificate of Incorporation for the firm, purporting it to be a genuine document issued by the Registrar of Companies on August 2, last year. They are alleged to have presented it to the IEBC Chief Executive Officer on October 15, last year. The matter will be heard on 21 November.


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