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Ex-KPC chiefs homes raided by detectives

Detectives from the  Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday raided the Nairobi homes of former and current managers of Kenya Pipleline Company (KPC) in a fresh probe into fraud allegations.

The officials reportedly visited the homes of former Managing Director Charles Tanui and four other officials over the award for the supply of hydrant pit valves complete with isolation valves and two year operational spares at a cost of Sh 647 million.

EACC officers are understood to have been on a mission to search for documents related to the case. The suspects are expected to appear in court anytime.

“They are not the only ones. All those whose cases were stopped will have to take plea again,” said an official who asked not to be named.

EACC Chief Executive Halakhe Waqo said  the detectives visited the homes of the three KPC staff to also seek documents in connection with the supply of supply of hydrant pit valves — the equipment used in refueling aircraft — at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Waqo said EACC raided the homes of the officials who handled the procurement process at the time  as well as suppliers.

“The officers managed to retrieve several documents and records that are crucial to the investigations. The investigations, which extends to other jurisdictions that include United States and Canada, is at advanced stage and is expected to completed soon,” said Waqo.

He said that after the investigations, appropriate recommendations will be made to the DPP in line with Section 35 of the anti-Corruption Crimes Act.

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