EACC is inquiring into allegations that tender No. KPA/077/2017-18/PDM- Engineering, Procurement and Construction of New Kipevu Oil Terminal was inflated from the budgeted Sh12 billion to Sh39 billion.
The tender was irregularly awarded by KPA to China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) despite the company not fulfilling the conditions set in the bid document.
KPA floated the tender on March 23, 2016, and 31 bidders from at least 15 countries expressed interest.
Senior Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) officials are likely to be arrested over the Sh40 billion Kipevu Oil Terminal scandal being investigated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the Nation has learnt.
The EACC has assembled at least 30 files to make its case in the matter, which it has been investigating since January.
The files have been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Noordin Haji, for perusal. But a highly placed source revealed that they were sent back to Mombasa for some gaps to be filled by the EACC detectives working on the matter.
“A concrete case has been made on this matter. We are waiting for further directions from the DPP,” said the source.
Among the officials implicated in the scandal are Managing Director Daniel Manduku, and former MD Catherine Mturi-Wairi.
Others are members of the tendering and evaluation committee, chaired by Mr Rashid Salim, who all recorded statements. Among those allegedly involved in the case were some of the 16 senior officials removed from the Mombasa port in May.
Among them are Head of Procurement and Supplies Anthony Nyamancha, tender opening/evaluation committee secretary Aza Dzengo, and due diligence team member William Tenay.
Mr Nyamancha was moved to Kampala, Uganda, as head of liaison markets and his position taken by Mr Dzengo in an acting capacity while Mr Tenay was named the head of project development.
The other officials who were operating at the port of Mombasa have been transferred to Kisumu and Lamu ports and a few deployed to the Inland Container Depot in Nairobi.
In its case, the EACC is inquiring into allegations that tender No. KPA/077/2017-18/PDM- Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of New Kipevu Oil Terminal was inflated from the budgeted Sh12 billion to Sh39 billion.