In our Part Two series of ‘City Hall Heist’, The Informer now disclose that a good number of the firms implicated in the controversial Sh2billion payout at City Hall as revealed in our initial exposee’ last Friday had indeed been adversely mentioned in a Sh275million scandal involving Covid-19 supplies two years ago.
However, so far, in what is reminiscent to the Sh8billion Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (Kemsa) scam, no action has been taken.
Among them are Msafiri Feeds Limited and Throughout General Supplies Limited.
In April last year, Nairobi County Assembly Minority Chief Whip Peter Imwatok who doubles as Makongeni Member of County Assembly (MCA) petitioned the anti-graft body to investigate Sh275million heist by nine companies.
In a blow by blow dossier addressed to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Eacc), Imwatok says the firms are proxy companies of Nairobi County Assembly Members (MCAs), county staff members or directly belong to the Ward representatives.
Impeccable sources confirmed the Eacc and DPP’s office received the petition on April 27, 2021.
The Informer has established that two years later, those cited are yet to be summoned by the by either the anti-graft body, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (Eacc) or the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to shed light on the matter.
The petition by Makongeni MCA show the payments were made over fictitious food and other essential deliveries to mitigate effects of Covid-19 but “interestingly no food was ever supplied to the county and no food was ever distributed to anyone.” The petition dated April 24, 2021 reads in part.
The new revelation comes days after The Informer exposed mass looting at City Hall and payments being made without inspection report of items delivered and adequate due diligence of invoices submitted.
The whistleblowing letter is also copied to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti and Nairobi governor Ann Kananu.
According to the dossier, Tsuma Trading Company Limited was paid Sh82.6million, Flexilease Limited (Sh89million), Msafiri Feeds Limited (Sh39million) and Throughout General Supplies Limited (Sh17.7million)
Others include; Asmara Ventures Limited (Sh27million) Capital Waste Management Limited (Sh10million) and Daasanach Construction Limited (Sh9million).
However, attempts to contact the above companies proved futile since they did not respond to mail correspondences.
The seven companies are all domiciled in Nairobi’s Eastleigh area.
Records show that Flexilease Limited is owned by Stella Nyamu and Yusuf Maina while Tsuma Trading Company Limited is owned by four directors; Hassan Abdirahaman Hassan, Harun Hussein Ibrahim, Sunilpropatal Davda and Mahamed Hussein Ibrahim.
Yahya Ibrahim Kalif owns both Msafiri Feeds Limited and Throughout General Supplies Limited while directors of Capital Waste Management Limited are Abass Ibrahim Khalif and Yusuf Maina.
The same individuals co-own the same firms under investigation.
Flexilease incorporated as a company on June 4, 2013 received in excess of Sh982 million between January, 2019 and October, 2020 in its DTB Account from Nairobi County government as payments for garbage collection contract for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The funds were then utilized through internal bank transfers totaling to Sh713 million to the accounts of Abass, Yusuf and joint account for Yunis and Amina Ali Bulhan. Cash withdrawals totaled Sh132.5 million while cheques to Ibrahim Khalif amounted to Sh26.4 million.
In 2015, a local bank flagged Sh7million fraud as payment by a fake garbage collector at City Hall through Peposi Freight Kenya Limited.
The probe report that the account number of Peposi, 01148230311300, was opened by two individuals who indicated their names as Mohammed Adan Ibrahim and Mohammed Bashir Ibrahim both of Post office Box number 21140-00100 Nairobi allegedly using forged Certificate of registration disguised as from registrar of companies four days before the payment was done.
Further, Said Mohamed Chute, Ferdinand Muchomba and John Churko Ote own Daasanach Construction Limited while Asmara Ventures Limited is solely owned by Abdikadir Mohamed Gurow.
Payment vouchers indicate the profiled firms supplied foodstuffs to the Nairobi County notably; rice, sugar, maize and wheat flour, bread, mineral water, sanitary towels, blankets, mattresses and basins.
“It is absurd that the taxpayers’ money amounting to over Sh27million shall be paid to companies belonging to Members of County Assembly or their proxies for either services and or goods that were never supplied.” The petition adds in part.
Further, records show that between May 4, 2022 to May 31, 2022, payouts amounting to Sh683million were made in favour of 42 companies involving 51 different transactions.
On April 25, 2022, a total of Sh296million was paid out on the same day to thirteen companies involving sixteen transactions.
From January 26 to March 23 this year, Sh754million was expended in favour of 48 companies in 55 different transactions.
Another Sh294million was paid to fourteen companies involving 19 different transactions made between July 1 and July 16 2021.
“Some of these companies belong to MCA’s and senior employees of the county but held in trust by third parties as proxies. Eacc and DCI should focus on principal masterminds through trail of money and beneficiaries both within and outside City Hall.” Our source added.
Among the beneficiary companies include; Msafiri Feeds Limited, Asmara Ventures Limited, Throughout General Supplies Limited, Dehenva Company Limited, Buko Investiments & Company Limited, Ossieezeys Enterprises Limited, Misoa Agencies, Green Current Solutions, Iamlola Limited, Batch Limited, Techtime Systems Limited and Maysamahir Investment Limited.
Others are: Onward Energy Limited, Becal Global Capital Limited, Hallmark Cleaning Services Limited, Landmark Systems Limited, Rosango Investments, Tron Supplies, Softlink Enterprises, Zayan Limited, Zayole Limited, Abeba Company Limited and Allabor Traders Limited among others.