‘A drowning man will clutch at a straw to save his life’ – wise men
The corrupt Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku is now clutching at straws to save him from drowning.
The man who is wanted by DCI for irregular procurement and payments amounting to Ksh2.7 billion shillings has now hired social media deplorables on Twitter to try to save his tainted reputation.
Manduku has been lied to that Twitter will save him and in a classic Waiguru-like fashion, he claims that he has steered the state parastatal to good heights. See, even Waiguru kept saying the has uplifted Kibera yet she had stolen millions from NYS.
The hashtag on Twitter which goes under the #KPAOneYearAchievements seeks to paint Daniel Manduku as a man who has transformed KPA to greater heights but ignoring the billions that he has looted and shared with DP Ruto.
The Twitter hashtag and other schemes that Manduku is now clutching on are as a result of his failed mission to meet the president.
He is not a keen student. In August, President Uhuru said that ‘everyone should carry their own cross’, and that he will not be answering calls from people who are being investigated by Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
In the Ksh2.7 billion scandal, KPA is said to have bought concrete barriers which are supposed to cost Ksh10,281 per piece at Ksh79,193. Ksh1.4 billion was lost in this concrete barrier scam.
In the Kisumu Port Revitalization project, Ksh.800 million was shared by seven companies despite the works having been projected to cost Ksh.100 million.
The investigation report by the Economic and Commercial Crimes Unit of the DCI also suggests that Manduku oversaw the preparation of bills of quantity (BoQs) for eight firms without requisition forms from the user — the inland container depot in Nairobi for the Makongeni Goodshed Yard project.
Manduku, KPA General Manager in charge of Operations William Rutto, Senior Works Officer Anthony Muhanji, Works Officer Juma Chigulu and Principal Works Officer Bernard Nyobange are said to have colluded to divide the 2360 square meters yard belonging to Kenya Railways into 9 zones and awarded 9 contractors the concrete works.
“The splitting is a clear conspiracy to avoid tender procedures to wit section 91 of the public procurement and asset disposal act” says the final investigation report.
Mr. Manduku was avoiding open and competitive tendering process and this cost the KPA over 500 million shillings most of which went to kickbacks.
The land which the structures were built belonged to Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) and it claimed its land back. KRC had accused KPA of grabbing its land to build the overpriced structures.
The KPA Board
The board now doesn’t want anything to do with Daniel Manduku and has already set sights on a relacement in the name of Vincent Sidai, the current KPA GM Infrastructure and Development and a former governor aspirant in Busia county who joined the port a few months ago to replace Manduku once hounded out of office.
The board yesterday announced it has put a freeze on all ongoing procurement following ksh2.7 billion corruption scandal. The statement announcing the suspension, signed by board chairman Rtd General Joseph Kibwana, also hinted that changes are imminent at the ports managed by KPA to strengthen “internal controls and improve service delivery.”
Mr Kibwana also said KPA was reviewing its leadership and management processes in the wake of the scam that has seen the authority mentioned in bad light for some duration.
In short, the board is telling Manduku to rot in jail.
‘drowning man clutching on straws’
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