BY SAM ALFAN.
An official from Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KeRRA) is set to testify in a graft case against Embakasi North MP James Mwangi Gakuya.
Moses Onyango who is an officer from the maintenance department in charge of the constituency will testify in the trial where Gakuya and 10 other CDF officials are facing grafts charges relating to Sh40 million project in his constituency. He will take the witness stand on Wednesday morning.
Gakuya has denied four counts of conflict of interest after he allegedly awarded some companies linked to him the works totaling to Sh39 million.
Prosecution alleges that the MP awarded the contract for construction of Muoroto Road in Embakasi to Mabaks Enterprises.
The tender was allowed allegedly worth Sh11.6 million yet the MP, who is the patron to the CDF knew that he has an indirect private interest to the company.
Other companies that allegedly benefited are Hunyu Bush Clearing & Nurseries and Tresmu Investments ltd, which got tenders for construction of DO’s Road and Cinema road in the constituency.
It is alleged that he committed the offences between Match 23, and September 5, 2015 at the Embakasi Constituency CDF offices.
The court also heard that Gakuya together with Patrick Waruingi, being the proprietors of Mabaks enterprises allegedly received a total of Sh19.6 million.
Gakuya is charged alongside Waruingi and Salome Nduta Kamumui through Tresmu Investments are alleged to have fraudulently acquired a total of Sh12.5 million.
Leah Waithera Guchu, the Embakasi North CDF account manager denied six charges of failing to comply with laws relating to management of public funds.
Cleophas Omariba Oyaro, an acting City County Accountant also denied similar charges, for clearing the payments to the companies.