The controversial probe of alleged multimillion graft at the National Assembly amounting to Sh70milion can be accounted for, The Informer can authoritatively reveal.
Our investigations have established that 34 payments were made after deliveries were made which amounts to Sh70million in question.
Documents in our possession shows that fifteen payments were made to Pritt Kenya Building Contractor amounting to Sh33, 730,000 for supplies of tonners between 2014 and 2015.
Twenty payments totaling to Sh20, 668,800 were paid to Stimal Office Supplies Ltd for printer consumables while Kenban Enterprises was paid a total of Sh8,062200.
Keyboard Business Systems Ltd on the other hand was paid Sh5, 998.800 while Plainview Supplies Agencies was paid Sh2, 460,000.
Despite five senior staffers having been charged over alleged theft, silent powers wars and succession battles are on overdrive mode sparking degenerating strained relations amongst top leadership of the National Assembly.
“We are reading malice and targeted flimsy move to initiate succession battles.” A senior official within the Parliamentary Service Commission said.
The five Samuel Obudo (Finance), Keith Musyoka (procurement), Alloys Tinega (stores), George Arum (internal audit) and Benjamin Njagi (stores) were presented in court but later released on cashbail pending completion of investigations in fourteen days.
They were dramatically arrested within the precincts of the privileged National Assembly.
Although the court later acquitted them, the prosecution appealed the case arguing the investigations were not watertight.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko did not prefer any charges against them.
The suspects told Chief Magistrate Benson Nzakyo it was against their constitutional right to be held without charges.
In total, 34 payments were made to the five companies between January 2014 and April 2015.
The money is question was allegedly siphoned in a span of nine months through questionable transactions and fictitious entries into the IFIMIS system.
The alleged scam was unearthed through a letter by a whistleblower to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi who later called in Director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Ndegwa Muhoro.
Our investigations established that prior to the revelation of the alleged scam, five senior officers in the departments under investigations had been laid off over professional malpractices.
In the letter, the whistleblower told Muturi that the payments were fictitiously paid for unidentified services and that some Parliamentary Service Commission staffers were paid beyond their due salary scales guideline.
The investigating team is seeking to adduce evidence from all the Local Purchase Orders processed, minutes from respective tender committees’ sanctioning procurement details invoices and payment vouchers.
However, amid the ongoing probe, senior officials in the National Assembly top leadership are reportedly said to have strained relation over the ongoing investigating some citing power wars to be behind the exposee.
Although detectives seized all payments vouchers of five companies paid the said monies and copies of which we obtained, emerging questions are now directed to the National Assembly accounting office which is mandated to authorise expenditure.