West Pokot County used fake documents to award KSh 18M maize tender!

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-Ms Jepkemoi told the court that she was surprised to see documents which resemble her company documents being used in a tender that she was not privy to-

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Tender documents used in the supply of 5,000 bags of dry maize in awarding Sh18m dry maize supply tender to West Pokot County between October 11 2017 and July 4 2018 were forged, an Eldoret court has been told.

While testifying in a case where the then five senior county employees are facing charges of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption contrary to section 48 of Anti-Corruption and economic crime of 2003, a director of one of the companies involved in the tender told the court that her company documents used in the said tender were forged.

“The documents alleged to have emanated from my company in this tender are not genuine. My company was not awarded the said tender. The features and the signature on these documents did not originate from my company,” Evalyne Jepkemoi, the director of 360 and Beyond Investment Company Limited told the court.

Ms Jepkemoi told the court that she was surprised to see documents which resemble her company documents being used in a tender that she was not privy to.

She told Senior Principal Magistrate Richard Odenyo that she was first introduced to the documents by EACC detectives when she was required to record a statement in relation to the scandal.

She however, admitted that she applied for the tender but she was not shortlisted among qualified suppliers.

In the case the then West Pokot County West Pokot County Secretary Dr Mike Kiptoo Perkilea, Titus Toroitich Mayech (Finance officer), Elvis Mwanga (ICT), Alice Chepkosgei (Procurement Officer) and Joseph Lolemtum (Evaluation Committee member) are charged with irregular purchase of 20,000 bags of maize in 2018.

The officers are accused of inflating maize prices in a scandal worth Sh90 million.

They were also charged with 18 counts of allegedly failing to comply with tendering laws, delivery of dry maize in absence of a list of pre-qualified suppliers among other charges of abuse of a public office.

The accused who are represented by Lawyers Peter Wanyama and Maina Nechesa have denied the charges.

They were released on Sh200,000 cash bail with an alternative bond of Sh2 million with surety of similar amount.

Hearing of the case will continue today on June 15(today).

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