Caught In The Act! Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Bosses On The Spot Over Deals
Sept. 11, 2019
The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) board has told managers to take full responsibility for all procurement decisions in the face of ongoing corruption investigations.
The board has also distanced itself from any graft cases at the ports in Mombasa, Kisumu and Lamu, saying it plays no role in the procurement transactions at the heart of multiple investigations by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The board acknowledged that a dossier by an anti-graft investigator at the port has caused immense concern, but said it would only act on recommendations made after investigations. On multiple reports about alleged graft at the port, board chairman General (rtd) Joseph Kibwana yesterday said the buck stops with the managing director on procurement deals.
“It is the MD who has the final authority over any contract being awarded at the port. The board has no authority over the procurement laws in the port,” Gen Kibwana said, adding that the board would enforce its mandate without fear or favour.
Stung by recent graft claims rocking the State corporation, KPA MD Dan Manduku has moved to stamp his authority with new guidelines on procurement, including a warning that “all projects should be supported by a feasibility study with very clear recommendations” and a “cost-benefit analysis to support the proposed projects.”
In a confidential letter to general managers and heads of department in Kisumu, Nairobi, Kampala and Lamu dated September 2, Mr Manduku said the new guidelines are motivated by ”the President of Kenya’s pronouncement on 25th August 2019” on illegalities at Kenya’s ports.
In Manduku’s stern letter, he warned that “each individual will be held personally liable for acts or omissions that fall short of required standards” and acknowledged that there is justifiable concern about resource utilisation at the port.
A dossier to the DCI alleges massive fraud at KPA in the purchase and commissioning of a simulator, purchase of fresh water, bribery of investigators and alleged corruption on the controversial Kipevu Oil Terminal project deal.
~ The Standard
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