(KPA Boss Daniel Manduku)
Anthony Muhanji, a senior works officer at the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) is being probed after he recently received a deposit of Ksh90 million through his company, Mukitek Investment Ltd.
Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said in a report that the payment above was not supported by any documents, pointing to proceeds of corruption.
“There are reasonable grounds to suspect that the respondents received public funds from Kenya Ports Authority through corrupt conduct contrary to the provision of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act,” court documents read in part.
There are also questions as to why the state corporation would pay a firm owned by one of its employees, in what amounts to a conflict of interest.
Mukitek first received Ksh68.2 million from KPA on November 28, 2018 while another Ksh10 million was deposited in the same account on February 6, 2019.
Muhanji withdrew Ksh5.5 million in cash in three tranches then transferred Ksh50 million to Telkom Kenya accounts, allegedly to acquire a prime property belonging to the company in Kileleshwa Estate.
Telkom Kenya later defended itself saying that the amount they received was from Stone Contractors Ltd, not knowing that the same company is being controlled by Muhanji.
“At all material times to the EACC investigations, Anthony Muhanji had control and management of the Fourth Respondent (Stone Contractors Ltd),” the EACC said.
The Telkom Kenya account was frozen by the court to block the telecommunication firm from spending the amount as the commission plans to file a recovery suit against Muhanji.
“An order is hereby granted freezing Sh50 million in bank account number 0104…held in the name of Telkom Kenya Ltd at Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd, thereby prohibiting the respondent by themselves, or through their agents, servants or assign from transferring, disposing of, wasting, or in any way dealing with the funds in the said account,” the High Court ruled on Friday.
Remember that the same Muhanji was adversely mentioned in another Ksh2.7 billion scandal entailing bosses at KPA including managing director Dr Daniel Manduku, general manager in charge of operations William Rutto and principal works officer Bernard Nyobange.
Investigations revealed that the bosses diverted Ksh2.5 billion of Ksh3 billion meant for the purchase of land for the Inland Container Deport in Nairobi.
Ksh500 million was diverted for concreting of the Makongeni yard while Ksh2 billion was used for dredging the Mombasa port and only Ksh500 million was retained for the original purpose.
“The said Anthony Muhanji prepared the bill of quantities without the knowledge and approval of the HOD civil engineering, Eng Alfred Masha,” DCI detectives noted in its report
The KPA boss Dr Manduku went to court to stop his prosecution. He accused the DCI of conducting malicious, illegal, discriminatory and selective investigations against him and a few port managers over the execution of projects authorised by Cabinet Secretaries and the state’s multi-agency teams. He succeeded and was granted a Ksh500,000 anticipatory bail.