EACC says suspect has been at large since February 1, 2023

The Director of the company behind the Ksh. 600 million fraudulent tender for the Malaba Water Project awarded by Rift Valley Water Services Board has been arrested.

Joram Opala Otieno was arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, EACC Monday.

Otieno has been at large since February 1, 2023, when his six colleagues were arrested and charged.

“The suspect, currently in police custody, will be presented to the Bungoma Anti-Corruption Court at 9:00am. He will be charged with fraudulent practice in procurement contrary to section 66 (1) as read with 177(a) of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015,” says the anti-corruption agency.

The other six suspects were charged on February 2, 2023 and each granted a bond of Ksh. 1 M with two sureties of similar amount or cash bail of Ksh. 500,000.

The matter will be mentioned on February 15, 2023 with hearing slated for April 11, 2023.

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