Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki on Monday surrendered to the EACC over irregular award of a Sh34.9 million tender.
Njuki gave himself up on Monday at the EACC headquarters in Nairobi.
On Friday, DPP Noordin Haji ordered for the county boss’s arrest and prosecution alongside 16 other county officials said to have aided the crime.
The contract that was awarded to Westomaxx, the DPP said, was entered into between CEC Environment, Fridah Muthoni, and the company which submitted fraudulent documents.
The contractor was issued with an LPO before the expiry of 14 days following the giving of a notification contrary to the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015.
The incinerator, imported at Sh3, 879, 945.30 was installed by Westomaxx had been procured from Generation Electronic & Allied Company Limited, a company associated with Governor Njuki.
“The fraud at the County, Government was perpetrated by the county officials at the Procurement Department and Finance Department who disregarded the procurement laws and procedures.
“Due to the fraud involved in winning the tender, Westomaxx Investments Limited fraudulently acquired the said amount of Sh34,998,500.00 from the County Government of Tharaka Nithi,” said Haji.
The monies paid to Westomaxx were wired to Japhet Gitonga Nyange (Sh8.7 million), Kenneth Mucuiya Ngai (Sh5.2 million), Kenstar Electrical and Hardware Limited (Sh4.7 million), and Caroline Sheila Wimbui (Sh0.985 million).
“The project was procured, implemented and commissioned without an Environmental Impact Assessment and before being licensed by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).”
The other suspects are: Fridah Murungi- CEC Environment, Floridah Kiende-Acting Director procurement, Highton Murithi-Finance Officer, Teresia Kagoji-Finance Officer, Arch Lee Mwenda- department of roads, Japhet Mutugi-procurement officer, Emily Nkatha-procurement officer and Mike Mwiandi -accountant.
Others include: Elosy Kariithi, Kenneth Mucuiya, Caroline Wambui, David Mbugua, Margaret Muthoni, Allan Murithi, Japheth Gitonga and George Miano.