KPA MD Daniel Manduku arrested

KPA MD Daniel Manduku who is to be charged over paying sh 244 million to a contractor for works not completed PHOTO: file

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku has been arrested .

Manduku was arrested today(Monday) and he will be grilled at the DCI headquarters on Kiambu Road before arraignment on Tuesday.

Manduku was arrested in connection with a multi-billion shilling irregular tender at the port.

Last year, detectives initiated  an investigation into an alleged sh.2.7 billion tender which detectives indicated as irregular.

The investigations implicated top officials at the ports authority including Manduku who was accused of authorizing irregular expenditures totaling to Ksh.2.73 billion.

In three projects including Makongeni Goodshed Yard, Manufacture of Concrete Barriers and Kisumu Port Revitalization, Mr. Manduku and others are suspected to have breached procurement procedures.

On land it is alleged that KPA to officials , colluded to divide the 2100 square meters yard belonging to Kenya Railways into 9 zones and awarded 8 contractors the concrete works.

Investigators believe that Manduku directed that a Ksh.1.4 billion tender for the construction of 17,940 concrete barriers be awarded to 10 companies without following the procurement regulations

Other issues detectives allege that  KPA officials unprocedurally  moved  with the aim of avoiding open and competitive tendering process which is  believed to have cost the taxpayer Ksh.506 million.