DPP orders arrest of former KPA boss Daniel Manduku over Sh244m scandal

KPA former Managing Director Daniel Manduku / COURTESY

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has ordered the arrest and prosecution of former Kenya Ports Authority MD Daniel Manduku over irregular procurement amounting to Sh244 million.

Manduku will be charged alongside Juma Fadhili Chigulu, an officer at KPA, who is said to have approved the irregular payments.

Manduku resigned as KPA boss in March this year after the procurement scandal broke out.

Why Manduku is in trouble

The DPP on Thursday said investigations have established Manduku authorised and approved the procurement of the manufacture of concrete barriers at the Inland Container Depot, Kilindini Port and Makongeni Goods shed without an approved budget and procurement plan for the 2018-19 Financial Year.

The DPP further says the contracts for the manufacture of the concrete barriers were awarded to 10 companies that Manduku hand-picked by Manduku contrary to procurement regulations.

“There was no requisition made for concrete barriers by the user Department within the KPA as required under the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015(PP & AD Act, 2015) and the Regulations made thereunder,” the DPP said in the statement.

Investigators have established that KPA made an overpayment of Sh244.8 million to the contractors for works not completed.

“Accordingly, I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to support charges for various criminal offences against Daniel Ogwoka Manduku, former Managing Director, KPA and Juma Fadhili Chigulu, Works Officer, KPA,” Haji said.

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