Four arrested over Kshs 2M tender for telemedicine equipment

Written By: Claire Wanja
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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has Friday arrested four suspects in relation to allegations of  corruption and violation of procurement laws and regulations.

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This was in the award of contract for the supply  of  a  telemedicine  equipment  at  a  cost  Kshs. 2,190,709.65 which was paid for but not delivered.

The tender was awarded to M/s Alliance Logistics Centre Ltd by officials of Karachuonyo CDF for use by Kendu Adventists Hospital.

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The four are Michael Ocholla–a former Karachuonyo CDF Manager, Pacifica Adero Kobe–a former Chairperson, Karachuonyo CDF, Festus Kennedy Ochieng–Personal Assistant to the former Hon. Eng. And James Rege, Samuel Okuta Lieta–Businessman, Homabay Town.

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In a statement, EACC says  DPP  issued  consent  for  six suspects  to  be  apprehended  and  charged  with  various offences under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.

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“Out of the four (4) suspects arrested this morning, three (3) were arraigned at the Anti-Corruption.” Said EACC

Court in Homabay and were released on a bond of Kshs. 1 Million and surety of similar amount or a cash bail of Kshs. 700,000.00.” Said the statement

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Warrants of arrest  have been  issued  against  the  other  two  suspects  who  are  at  large.

At the same time, the EACC has directed that Hon. Eng. James Rege, CBS – Former Member of Parliament, Karachuonyo; and Fred Matama Opar– Businessman/Director, Alliance Logistics Centre Ltd present themselves at the nearest EACC offices with immediate effect.

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