WARRANT OF ARREST ISSUED AGAINST 12 DIRECTORS OF COMPANIES THAT RECEIVED PAYMENTS FROM KPLC.

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10 Traders and Suppliers of Kenya Power and lighting Company limited at Milimani Anti-Corruption courts where they are charged with various counts of corruption and being irregularly being given tender in the government corporation.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Directors of companies that received payments from KPLC face arrest.

This is after Nairobi Anti corruption Court issued warrants of arrest against the 12 directors of limited companies, that fraudulently obtained millions of shillings from Kenya Power and Lighting company by irregularly being prequalified for labour and transport services.

Assistant director of public prosecution Solomon Njeru told the trial Chief Magistrate Lawrence Mugambi, that some of the accused who are directors of companies that falsely received monies from KPL were not present in court.

The Magistrate in his ruling ordered immediate arrest of Jacqueline Wanjiru Mbaria, John Waweru Kangethe, Linet Njeri Ndama, Esther Nyambura, they are the directors of Touchline Electrical, Wachema Investment and Petsus Investment limited respectively.

Mr Mugambi said that the matter be mentioned on 20 August 2018 to confirm how far the prosecution has gone to ensure the arrest of the suspects.

He however said that if the police do arrest either one of them, he should be informed so that he comes to court to deal with the subject.

5 of the directors drawn from various limited companies were in court and have already pleaded to the criminal charge of fraudulently obtaining Sh 15 million from KPLC.

The accused are said to have obtained the money between the year 2016/17.

The prosecution has submitted to court that, the accused were irregularly awarded contracts and money belonging to the public paid to their respective companies.

The accused Catherine Wamalwa, Christine Nyawara, Catherine Wanjiko, Edwin Macharia, they have since denied the criminal indictment.

The criminal charge against limited companies directors comes after KPL top managers including the Chief Executive officer Ken Tarus and his predecessor Ben Chumo were arraigned in court charged with the offence of procuring substandard transformers worth over sh 409 million.

The court ordered them to be released on cash bail of Sh 1 million.

The other managers who were charged alongside the CEO included Commercial Services Manager KP Mungai, Finance Manager Joshua Mutua, ICT Manager Abubakar Swaleh, Regional Coordination Manager Samuel Ndirangu and Supply Chain Manager Stanley Mutwiri.

Also charged were a couple James Njenga Muingai and Grace Wanjira Muingai, and their son John Muingai who are directors of Muwa Trading Company Ltd, said to have received millions of shillings for supplying sub-standard transformers.

The former KPLC top manager’s case is being separately heard in another court.

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