The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has arrested four suspects as the investigation into procurement fraud in Bungoma County continues. This is in relation to the award of a contract for periodic maintenance of Chebosi-Wanelopi-Kituni Road in Bungoma County.
The three Bramwel Maelo, Susan M’mboyi, and Wycliffe Makanga, all employees of the Bungoma county government.
A fourth suspect, Sandra Soita Nasamabu, a Director of M/s Fastec General Supplies, was arrested in Mombasa and will be escorted to Bungoma.
There are other three suspects who are still at large, including the Director of Fastec General Supplies, Wafula Wakoli Chesititi, George Bifan, and Bungoma county employee Eric Papa Makokha.
Fastec General Supplies Limited, a company with ties to former Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati, was awarded the Ksh. 5.7 million contract now under investigation.
Investigators believe Fastec General Supplies Limited falsified documents during tender process and only backed out when they realized the EACC had taken up the case and was conducting investigations. An audit of the company’s documents revealed that the firm lacked the financial resources to execute the project and were to be paid for non-existent work.
The suspects arrested are currently held at EACC Bungoma Regional Office where they will be processed and later detained at Bungoma Police Station until Tuesday when they will be arraigned before the Anti-Corruption Court in Bungoma.
The seven suspects EACC says will be presented with two charges; wilful failure to comply with the law and regulations relating to procurement as well as engaging in the fraudulent practice.