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EACC Summons Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Over Food Scandal

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Ethics and anti-corruption commission has summoned Nairobi county Chief Officer Finance Halkano Waqo over irregular award of tenders for the supply and delivery of food and non food items for disaster emergencies.

In a letter a letter by EACC Deputy Director in charge  of Forensic Investigation  is required to also shed light on the payment of food to 127,500 households.

“The commission is undertaking  investigations into allegation of irregular award of tenders by Nairobi City County Government for supply and delivery of food and non-food items for disaster emergencies to mitigate the effects of Covid 19 pandemic to 127,500 households in informal settlements within the Nairobi County,’’ the letter reads.

“To facilitate our investigation, kindly inform Mr. Halkano Diida Waqo Chief Officer Finance to avail himself at Integrity Centre, on 30th June 2021 at 9am for interview and statement recording on the matter,” it continues.

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The EACC is acting on a report that was brought to its attention by Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok.

The vocal MCA wrote to Eacc saying there were illegal tendering and payment of millions of shillings to food never delivered.

Payment vouchers indicate the firms supplied foodstuff including rice, sugar, maize and wheat flour, bread, mineral water, sanitary towels, blankets, mattresses and basins.

“It is absurd that the taxpayers’ money amounting to millions  shall be paid to companies belonging to Members of County Assembly or their proxies for services or goods that were never supplied,” Imwatok said.

The letter also indicated that Tsuma Trading Company Limited was paid Sh82.6 million, Flexilease Limited (Sh89 million), Msafiri Feeds Limited (Sh39million) and Throughout General Supplies Limited (Sh17.7 million, Asmara Ventures Limited (Sh27million) Capital Waste Management Limited (Sh10million) and Daasanach Construction Limited (Sh9million).

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