KPA staffer transferred 214 Million to a shadow company, DPP claims

Patrick Nyoike at Mombasa Court

Three people, including a chief finance officer, arrested over irregular payments of Ksh214 million by the Kenya Ports Authority have been arraigned at the Anti- Corruption Magistrate’s Court in Mombasa.

They have been released on a cash bail of Ksh. 2 Million.

Through a statement, Direcotor of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji said that the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives had been investigating KPA made payments amounting to Ksh 214, 548, 340 million were paid to Nyali Capital Limited between October 2014 and March 2017.

“Patrick Wambugu Nyoike had interests in Nyali Capital Limited where his wife Jacinta Wanjiku Wambugu and brother Alfred Hinga Nyoike worked as General Manager and Director respectively,” said DPP Haji.

Nyoike is said to have facilitated the company to finance KPA suppliers, Local Purchase Orders and Local Service Orders and thereafter utilized the KPA system to have the principal and the interest from the said suppliers remitted by KPA to Nyali Capital Limited’s account.

Nyali Capital Limited, according to the DPP, was not listed in KPA’s supplier database, raising further questions about house keeping in the state corporation that handles millions of cargo transactions.

KPA, Harbouring Corrupt deals

Nyoike, who was poised for the KPA Managing Director position, is said to have illegally used his office to redirect funds to the company, a microfinance structure in which his wife is a general manager and his brother a director.

KPA has been on the spotlight after the President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an operation to mop up the cargo handler of its corrupt ways.

This led to the arrest and resigning of its former boss Dr. Daniel Manduku. He is currently facing charges of unlawful award of tenders for the construction of cargo storage facilities at the Nairobi Inland Container Depot (ICD).

The EACC is also on Dr Manduku’s neck over Sh 40 billion Kipevu Oil Terminal scandal. He is yet to be summoned over this matter.

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