Jubilee Vice Chairman David Murathe who is a vocal opposer of Deputy President William Ruto has been summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over the alleged mega tendering scandal at KEMSA.
According to a local daily, Murathe is set to appear before the EACC on Friday.
Others include Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi’s wife and son who are directors of Caperina Enterprises Ltd and James Rege, ex-Karachuonyo Mp.
In a letter summoning Murathe, the commission said it had established in its investigations that the Jubilee top politician is a bank signatory of Kilig Limited.
“The commission is investigating allegations of procurement irregularities in relation to the Covid-19 emergency supplies at Kemsa where Kilig Limited, a company you are a signatory to its bank account, is featured,” EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak wrote in a letter.
According to records at Registrar of Companies, Kilig Limited was registered on January 22 and KEMSA gave it an exclusive tender worth Ksh. 4 billion to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for an outrageous cost of Ksh. 9, 000 apiece.
Speaking to a local daily on Thursday, CEO Twalib Mbarak said they will leave no stone unturned in the KEMSA investigation.
“The KEMSA case is intense but going on well. There are a lot of issues that we have to scrutinise, from history of the firms, the directors, money flow, among others. There are over
50 companies involved. It is complex and wide,” the EACC boss told the Star on Thursday.
On his name being linked to the KEMSA tender woes, the top Uhuru ally said that he is only acquainted to director of Kilig by virtue of being family friends.
During an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday, he moved to distance himself from the mega scandal saying that he did not work with the Kilig director in securing the 4 billion shillings tender.
Murathe Distances Himself from Kilig Limited
“We are consultants. We do a lot of consultancy services. We have consulted for various international companies. We are setting up a lot of businesses in the free and special economic zones and we also consult for construction companies in the country,” Murathe told Citizen TV.
“He (Gachoka) is my friend. He is my partner. I have known him since childhood. We are family friends since childhood. I partner with William on a lot of issues but I have not partnered with him on this one [Kemsa tender].”
During the interview, Murathe dragged the name of William Ruto and went ahead to say that there was a ploy to transfer the company to close friends of the DP.
“William Gachoka and his partner [Zhu Jinping] had transferred the shareholding of that company to known partners of Deputy President William Ruto and when they could not come through with the financing for the importation of the equipment it reverted to the original partners through the lawyers,” Murathe alleged.
Records show that the directors of Kilig Ltd are William Willbroad Gachoka, PA to Murathe and also the brother of outspoken television host Tony Gachoka, and a Chinese national, Zhu Jinping.
On Wednesday, William Ruto quickly downplayed Murathe’s allegations in a tweet, calling the Jubilee Vice Chairman a corruption consultant.
“The corruption “consultants”, brokers and conmen, some bankrupt in 2013, are now billionaires after looting while scapegoating William Samoei Ruto. Their overgrown impunity is shamelessly making them steal even from the sick in a pandemic. The end is nigh. Nowhere to hide. No more scapegoating,” Ruto said in a twitter post.
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