NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 28 – Former National Youth Service Deputy Director General Adan Harakhe and Hassan Noor who chaired a tender committee at the Ministry of Devolution and Planning have been arrested.
An official at EACC says the two were picked up Monday morning and were being processed to be taken to court.
“They have been arrested and they are here with us,” the official said adding, “they will be in court as soon as they are processed.”
The two were arrested following warrants issued on Friday when they skipped court.
They failed to appear in court when former Planning Principal Secretary Peter Mangiti was charged with conspiring to defraud the government of Sh47 million.
Mangiti, Harakhe and Noor are accused, together with other members of the ministerial tender committee of failing to adhere to procurement laws in the awarding of a tender to Blue Star Enterprises for automotive engineering training material.
“On diverse dates between December 16, 2014 and September 28, 2015 within Nairobi City County in the Republic of Kenya conspired together to commit and economic crime to wit unlawful disposal of public funds Sh47,600,000 From Ministry of Devolution and Planning to the firm of Blues Star Enterprises,” the charges read.
The Directors of Blue Star Enterprises are also listed as accused persons for fraudulently seeking to acquire public property.
“Betty Njoki Muriithi and Jennifer Muthoni Kinoti on or about September 28, 2015 within Nairobi County in the Republic of Kenya being holders of Account number 030002061501 in the name of Blue Star enterprises at Paramount Universal Bank, Koinange Branch unlawfully and fraudulently acquired Sh45,137,931.05 from the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, National Youth Service, being proceeds of supply of training materials in the Automotive Engineering Faculty, that was irregularly awarded,” the charges read.
Sixteen of the 24 accused who were in present in court Friday denied the charges and were released on cash bail terms ranging from Sh250,000 to Sh1 million with the most severe falling on Mangiti who is facing several counts including abuse of office as is Harakhe.
Harakhe and Noor had moved to the High Court in an effort to forestall their arrest and prosecution.
Mangiti is already facing charges in relation to the siphoning of Sh791 million from the National Youth Service.