CS Fred Matiang'i in a past PAC seating. PHOTO | NMG
CS Fred Matiang'i in a past PAC seating. PHOTO | NMG

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i could be in for a rude shock after his Ministry swindled Billions in contracts awarding, kickbacks, cooked documentation, faked balanced books and price inflation.

Interior Ministry under CS Fred Matiangi and PS Karanja Kibicho are on the spot over the award of controversial tenders worthy Billions during the 2017/2018 financial year.

KSh 4.9 Billion Helicopter scam
An audit report revealed that due process was not followed in the purchase of three helicopters in a Sh 4.9 billion contract awarded to a foreign firm.

The helicopters for the Police Airwing were originally tendered at Sh4 billion (Euros 31,941,200), but the figure was later reviewed upwards to Sh4.9 billion (Euros 31,123,357).

Appearing before National Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday, Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said that the variation was as a result of errors during the tendering process. PAC added that the next seating wants both the CS and the PS.

“Even though the initial figure went up, taxpayers got value for money after additional features were added to the helicopter,” said Dr Kibicho.

Former Auditor-General Edward Ouko, in his report, stated that only one bidder was invited and issued with bid documents on March 29, 2017.
The bidder was asked to purchase three new helicopters namely; AW139 LE, AW139 VIP, and AW119 KX.

“No evidence was provided to show that technical input in the preparation of the tender documents. As a result, additional essential standard avionics helicopter parts required to be issued to form the basis of tender preparation and subsequent negotiations were not included in the original tender documents contrary to Section 104 (a) of the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015,” Mr Ouko noted.

Machine Guns tender scam
One of the vouchers of number 196- Sh76 million was additionally paid to the firm for the difference in exchange rates.

In yet different tender exposed by Mr Ouko, the National Police Service procured under classified general-purpose machine guns and AK-47 rifles from a foreign firm for Sh27 million.

Perimeter wall inflated cost
A local firm with an expired National Construction Authority (NCA) certificate was awarded the tender for grilled masonry perimeter fencing including erecting canopies at the Kenya Police headquarters and Vigilance House Annex in Nairobi.

License fee scam
PAC revealed that out of the 280 petrol stations that were required to pay fuel storage tanks annual licence fee of Sh4,000 per station, only 76 of them did so in the financial year 2017/2018 and Sh816,000 got lost.

Sh 39 Million good conduct cash siphoned
An audit revealed that the DCI department collected that Sh713 million from the collection of Certificates of Good Conduct but only Sh674 million was sent to the treasury which led to the unreconciled difference of Sh39 million.

Huduma Centre scam
Huduma centres had another scam. Further review of documents issued by the DCI revealed that out of the revenue amounting to Sh69 million that was collected by Postal Corporation of Kenya at Huduma centres- only Sh25 million was remitted to Central Bank of Kenya. This means that a total of Sh44 million was not banked.

IDP duplicate names and IDs sh14 Million compensation scam
Sh14 million was paid for the construction of IDP houses in the financial year that ended June 30, 2018, but there was no documentation to provide proof of the said cash. Additional Sh17 million was paid to IDPs with duplicate names and ID card numbers.

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