Three former senior Tana River County Government officials were Wednesday charged with engaging in corruption for allegedly irregularly procuring borehole drilling services worth over Ksh. 3 million.
The three; including Mohamed Guracho a former Chief Officer for Water, Salim Makarani and Gwiyo Madubi a Technical Manager and Director of Water respectively, were arrested by detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and appeared before Malindi Chief Magistrate Elizabeth Usui where they denied the charges.
Between February 15 2016 and July 1 2017 within the Republic of Kenya, they are accused of jointly committing an economic crime “by failing to comply with the law relating to procurement by irregularly engaging M/S Davis and Shirtliff company to repair boreholes in Mororo, Madogo town within Tana River County,”
On the second count, Guracho who was then a chief officer for Water whose function is concerned with the administration of public property, is said to have on February 15 2016 within Tana River county “abused his office by failing to comply with the law relating to public procurement against the anti-corruption crimes act by regularly procuring the services of M/S Davis and Shirtlif to repair boreholes in Mororo Madogo town.”
Makarani also faced another charge of abuse of office where on February 15 2016, being the Technical manager for Tana and Sanitation Company, irregularly procured the services of M/S Davis and Shirtliff for the repair of boreholes at Mororo in Madogo town. Madubi who was a Director of Water faced a similar charge.
They all denied the charges and the magistrate ordered that each of them be released on a bond of Ksh. 1 million, or an alternative cash bail of Sh. 500,000.
After the ruling, Guracho raised his hand and pleaded with the Magistrate to consider providing them with lenient bond terms as they have not been working for the last five years.
“I have not been working for five years so I lack money, I brought myself to the EACC the Officers present can confirm that I was not arrested,” he pleaded.
He urged the court to award them at least a cash bail of Sh. 50,000.
Madubi on the other hand asked the court to issue a lenient bond as he was retired and is not able to raise the Ksh.1 million bond.
The Prosecution indicated they had no objections to the application.
Prior to a review of bond terms instituted, the Magistrate disclosed that the Court shall order a report by probation officer. The case is set for mention on October 6.