- Former transport CS engineer Michael Kamau has been summoned before an Anti-corruption court to plead to charges abuse of office and improper use of Sh 33 million tender.
Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti issued the summons after the state counsel Alloys Kemo told the court the court that the police were unable to arrest him. He is expected in court on 30th May.
The court heard that Kamau failed to comply with chapter 5 of the government financial regulations and procedure by ignoring the design of the road which had been done by Engiconcult consulting engineers limited at the cost of Sh 33,303,600 and entering into a memorandum of understanding under which the resident engineer redesigned the same road.
The former CS is alleged to have committed the offence on 15th March 2008 in Nairobi, being the PS Ministry of Roads and being a person under whose functions concerned the management of public revenue.
Kamau is further charged with arbitrary authorizing the redesigning of the Kamukuywa-Kaptama-Kapswokony-Sirisia road which had been designed by Engiconsult at the above of 33 million without involving them (Engicosult), an act that resulted to loss of public funds.
This offence was allegedly committed between 15th October 2007 and 15th March 2008 in Nairobi, in abuse of the authority of his office.
The former CS is charged alongside Roads Chief Engineer Mwangi Maingi and the resident engineer of Kamukuywa-Kaptama-Kapswokony-Sirisia road.
The two appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse of office by authorizing the redesigning of the above road without consulting the said M/S Engicosult.
Maingi further faced a lone charge of giving a misleading document, to wit, a memo dated 6th November to the Secretary Ministerial tendering committee, Ministry of roads, stating that the implementation of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Roads and Kundan Singh Construction limited had no cost implications, a fact he knew to be misleading in material aspect.
The two were released on a bond of Sh 2 million and one surety of the same amount or a cash bail of Sh 500,000.
In July 2017, the court of appeal quashed the prosecution of Kamau on abuse of office charges. He argued that EACC was not properly constituted at the time the charges were drafted.