Corruption: Sh8.4M Irregular Tender Awarded To CMC Motors Leads To Arrests Of Samburu County Officials


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Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) detectives have arrested senior County officials of the County Government of Samburu for alleged embezzlement of public funds in the award of a tender worth Ksh8.4 million.

The senior County officials from the Samburu County Government were on Monday arrested for the alleged embezzlement of public funds in the award of a tender worth Ksh8.4 million.

In a statement issued by the DCI, the tender was illegally awarded to CMC Motors for the supply of two tractors and two ploughs. According to the EACC, through a statement issued, the investigations established that the County Officials fraudulently misrepresented facts in order to influence the award of the tender by purporting to rely on procurement tendering documents of a previous tender contract which was already executed and performed by the said company.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) ordered for the arrest and prosecution of the officers after receiving a report constituting the findings and recommendations thereof. Those arrested include the Chief Officer for Agriculture Mr Reuben Lemunyete Maruben, Finance Chief Officer Mr Daniel Nakuo Lanolkirina and Head of Procurement Mr Geoffrey Kitewan Marun and will be arraigned at the Anti-Corruption Court in Isiolo on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

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According to the investigations, the County Officials fraudulently misrepresented facts in order to influence the award of the tender by purporting to rely on procurement tendering documents of a previous tender contract which was already executed and performed by the said company.

The statement in part read,

“Upon an independent review of the evidence, the DPP issued consent to apprehend and charge the three suspects with various offences under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003 for violation of procurement laws”.

The Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal is facing four counts on abuse of office and conflict of interest that lead to the loss of public funds.


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