EACC CEO Twalib Mbarak and DPP Noordin Haji at a past event. [Courtesy]

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on Friday submitted to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) the first investigation file in respect of irregular procurement and fraudulent payments for acquisition of Covid-19 emergency equipment worth Sh 7.8 Billion by Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

In a statement posted on its Twitter handle, EACC said the investigation found that there were offences arising from failure to follow the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act (PPADA) as well as the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).

Following the above finding, the commission has recommended criminal charged against the alleged perpetrators of the scandal.

“EACC has recommended criminal charges against the concerned individuals for offences under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003, the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act and the Public Finance Management Act and Penal Code,” EACC’s statement read in part.

The Commission is still investigating the issue, and has promised to forward more files to the DPP once it is done with the investigations.

DPP Appoints Team to Review EACC’s Findings

Shortly after receiving the file from EACC, the ODPP announced that a team of prosecutors had been formed to review the findings and issue a report.

“The DPP has today received from the @EACCKenya  the duplicate inquiry file on the irregular procurement and fraudulent payments in relation to the purchase and supply of #Covid19 emergency commodities @Kemsa_Kenya officials worth Kshs. 7.8 Billion.

“The DPP has consequently appointed a team of senior prosecutors to undertake an independent and comprehensive review of the file and submit their findings within the next 14 days,” ODPP’s statement read in part.