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Kenya Pipeline managers deny Sh1.9bn corruption charges



Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) managers arraigned in court on Monday denied abuse of office charges regarding the loss of Ksh1.9 billion at the oil firm in the Kisumu Oil Jetty construction scam.

Ousted Managing Director Joe Sang, Company Secretary Gloria Khafafa, General Manager Supply Chain Management Vincent Cheruiyot, General Manager Infrastructure Billy Aseka and Procurement manager Nicholas Gitobu denied the charges and were released on a Ksh2  million bond each.

Charges preferred against them by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) include abuse of office, engaging in a project without prior planning and willful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds.

Sang has been charged with using his influence at the organisation to improperly confer a benefit to Southern Engineering Company Limited (SECO), a Kenyan firm while awarding it the tender for the construction of the oil jetty.

The former managing director was also charged with
willfull failure to comply with the Public Finance Management Act by
unlawfully authorising payment of Ksh1.9 billion for the construction of
the jetty.

Cheruiyot was charged with failure to protect
public funds while offering his professional opinion leading to the awarding of
the contract.

Khafafa was charged with executing the project at the inflated Ksh1.9 billion cost.

Aseka was charged with using his office to requisition for the construction of Kisumu oil jetty after tendering process had already been completed.

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