KIRINYAGA county Governor and the former Director of Administration in the ministry of foreign affairs Joseph Ndathi.
By SAM ALFAN.
KIRINYAGA county Governor and the former Director of Administration in the ministry of foreign affairs Joseph Ndathi says that he was sidelined in the procurement process of a property in Tokyo Japan that was meant to house a Kenyan embassy overseas.
He denied that he is not out to fix the former PS at the foreign affairs Thuita Mwangi when he was asked by his counsel Paul Muite.
He insists that since he was always traveling most correspondences in his absence were handled by his deputy Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri.
The trio including former Charge D’Affairs at the Kenyan embassy in Tokyo Allan Waweru Mburu is accused of approving the purchase of a property in Tokyo at 1.07 billion Shillings over and above the market price.
During cross-examination by lawyer Paul Muite, Ndathi who was the Director of Administration at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Ministerial Tender Committee had approved direct procurement process and not the actual purchase of the mission.
The governor told the court that the former Permanent secretary Mwangi
Thuita , former ambassador to Libya Anthony Muchiri and the Charge d’Affairs at Kenya embassy in Tokyo Allan Mburu went ahead to make payment without the involvement of the
Ministerial Tender Committee.
Ndathi said the process of the acquisition of the Chancery and High Commissioner’s Resident in Tokyo Japan started in 2006 before he joined the ministry.
The governor added that the Ministerial Tender Committee which he
chaired made the decision to buy the property in May 25 2009 Ndathi told the court that he warned officials from the ministry of Foreign Affairs over the purchase without following the process of
the law regarding such transaction .
He said the transactions were hurriedly done, when advice had been sought from tender committee as provided for in the rules of procedure. On May 25, 2009 the Ministerial Tender Committee, gave the nod to buy the plot at Sh1.4 billion. The agreement to buy and build was signed on June 30, 2009.
The Three are accused purchasing property from a private dealer at a much higher price than what the Japanese government was offering.
Thuita and Waweru, have denied that on diverse dates between January and October 2009 jointly inspired to commit an offence of corruption by approving the purchase of property known
as 3-24-3 Yakumo Meguro-ku in Tokyo for the Chancery of the Kenya Embassy and ambassador’s
residence at a price of ¥1.75 billion (Japanese Yen) while aware that
a fair price could have been obtained had proper procurement procedures been adhered to.
On the second count, Thuita and Mburu are accused of abuse of office by sanctioning purchase of the property to improperly confer a benefit of ¥318,700,000 to Nobuo Kuriyama being the difference of the ¥1.75 billion that was actually paid and the ¥1,431,300,000 being the value that was assessed by the Kenya Government’s velour.
Mburu is facing a separate charge of signing the contract at the Kenyan Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, on June 30, 2009, without lawful authority. The three men faced another count of flouting procurement
regulations by directly purchasing the property without following procedures.
The hearing of the case will continue on 25 and 26 of June.