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KPC MD, Joe Sang , top managers arrested over graft



Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested Kenya Pipeline Managing Director Joe Sang and other top managers over alleged corruption scandals.

Some of the managers who have been arrested include the head of procurement Vincent Cheruiyot and legal officer Gloria Khafafa.

The search for other managers implicated in the Ksh 1 billion scam is still ongoing.

Sang and the other suspects are being held at the Muthaiga police station.

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This comes just days ahead of a scheduled parliamentary grilling by MPs over allegations of fraudulent tendering and questionable payments totaling to over Ksh 2 billion.

The MPs further claim the parastatal has been draining taxpayers money through the pipes following the latest auditor general’s report on the construction of the 470km pipeline from Mombasa to Nairobi.

On Tuesday, Sang announced he would be leaving the company, with the KPC board calling for an urgent internal audit in the procurement process.

Meanwhile, EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo said the commission is investigating allegations of corruption in the award of the supply of the Hydrant pit valves complete with isolation valves and two-year operational spares at Ksh 647 million.

Hydrant pit valves are gadgets used for refueling aircrafts.

Aero Dispenser Valves Ltd was awarded the tender to supply the items following a procurement process that investigations later revealed was flawed.

EACC detectives said the tender was inflated – 60 hydrant pit valves at a cost of Sh647 million meant that one valve was supplied at an average cost of Sh10 million, almost ten times the actual price of Sh1.5 million.

Already, three directors, ex-managing director, and two senior managers are among persons of interest in the probe.

KPC through a statement to newsrooms said Hudson Andambi has been appointed as the interim Managing Director by the KPC Board until the board meets next week, to deliberate on the way forward.

Hudson Andambi is the Senior Principal Superintending Geologist and Head of Upstream Petroleum Operations in the Directorate of Petroleum where he also serves as the Deputy to the Secretary, Petroleum.

He has served as an Alternate Director to the Board of Directors at KPC and has been a Member to various East African Steering Committees.