, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 13 – The Director of Public Prosecutions has approved charges against the Managing Director of the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) and eight other officials over irregular procurement processes.
GDC’s Managing Director Silas Simiyu will be charged alongside the entire Tender Committee members and the General Manager of Drilling Services Michael Mbevi.
“Having given full and careful consideration to the evidence in the file, the DPP is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to sustain the proposed charges against the said GDC officials,” DPP Keriako Tobiko said in a statement Friday.
They are accused of irregularly procuring Rig Move services from Bonfide Clearing and Forwarding Limited in the last financial year.
The GDC Board suspended the officers early this month following a recent finding by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), which recommended surcharging the six as well as subsequent criminal prosecution.
The EACC found the entire tender committee culpable due to glaring irregularities that exposed taxpayers’ funds to wanton embezzlement.
The report said the rigs meant for drilling and harvesting of steam were acquired by the government to ease the cost of geothermal development but were yet to harness adequate steam wells as earlier planned.
The EACC said the tender committee should be probed for awarding Bonfide Clearing and Forwarding Ltd a contract to move geothermal rigs and other equipment in 40 lots, with each costing Sh42 million, in the Menengai drilling area within a radius of about 500 metres, bringing the total cost to Sh1.7 billion.
The officers are further accused of inflating the rig movement charges from Sh15 million to Sh42million per rig, totalling Sh1.7 billion.