The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) arrested seven people, including four current and former Nakuru County officials, over Sh7.9 million fraudulent tender.
EACC head of Corporate Affairs and Communications Eric Ngumbi, said former county officials are linked to a fraudulent tender for the construction of market sheds at Kiratina market in Menengai Ward of Nakuru East in Nakuru County.
“The suspects are currently held at EACC Nakuru offices where they are being interrogated before they are arraigned in court tomorrow. They will appear before the anti-corruption court where they will face various corruption charges,” Ngumbi said.
The two among those arrested are directors of Levi Contractors Ltd, the firm that was awarded the tender.
The suspects were arrested in various places during a Tuesday Morning sting operation by EACC sleuths.
Two suspects were arrested in Nairobi, while others were caught in Nakuru.
“By Tuesday afternoon we had arrested seven persons in connection with the fraudulent deal. They will be charged on various corruption offenses surrounding the Kiratina market sheds fraud,” EACC South Rift Regional Director Ignatius Wekesa said, adding that the contract was irregular and the market sheds construction was shoddy.
The seven suspects are:
1. Edith Wanjiru Kimani — former chief officer, Department of Trade
2. Jackson Maingi Keiro – current procurement officer, Department of Trade
3. Nickson Kibet Cheruyoit – current accountant, Department of Trade
4. Anne Njeri Muranja – current procurement officer Department of Trade
5. Florence Karanja Wanjiku – current tourism officer Department of Trade
6. Edith Wangari Maina – director of Levi Contractors
7. Jane Njoki Mwaura – director of Levi Contractors