NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Six managers have been suspended from the National Water and Pipeline Corporation (NWPC) following a mysterious fire, which razed down the company premises in Nairobi some three weeks ago.
Those suspended include the corporation’s auditor and a finance officer among others, according to Water Assistant Minister Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri.
Mr Kiunjuri said the cause of the fire was suspicious but added that crucial documents which can be used to unravel financial impropriety at the corporation are still intact.
The Assistant Minister said officers from the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) and the Efficiency Monitoring Unit (EMU) are investigating financial misappropriation at the Corporation.
“Documents containing crucial information were not destroyed and they will be used by the investigators over an alleged financial impropriety at the Corporation,” he added.
Mr Kiunjuri was speaking over the weekend when he inspected construction work of Sh4.8 billion at Chemusus dam in Eldama Ravine Constituency.
He denied claims in a section of the media that contractors awarded the tender of the dam and other dams across the country were not up to the task.
“Anybody questioning the competence of the contractors should come to the ground and see the quality of the work being undertaken,” he added.
He said the contractors were awarded the contract after a competitive bidding process.
“The question is being raised because the contract was given to an African. If it was a foreigner doing the work you would not have heard of such complaints,” he said.
He made the comments following reports in a section of the media that Sh10 billion meant for the construction of dams in the country have allegedly been embezzled.
Mr Kiunjuri said the construction of the dam will take three years and once completed will alleviate water shortage among residents of Eldama Ravine and the larger Baringo District.
The Assistant Minister was accompanied by area MP Moses Lessonet, Rongai MP Luka Kigen and the Chief Executive Officer of the Rift Valley Water Services Board Gideon Mutai.