In 2016 Trans Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba announced gleefully that his government had signed a sh200 million deal with Turkish firm Tunasco Insaat Ticaret A.S to put up a maize milling plant.
What most didn’t know is that Tunasco, a shadowy foreign entity had been involved in massive procurement irregularities before, earning it an entry into the famous NYS Scandal.
Tunasco, a company owned by shadowy characters Abdulwalli Shariff Ahmed is said to have received Sh175 million from NYS for supplying air.
In tenderpreneur circles, Tunasco is known for corruption, using dark tactics to win tenders.
The power that the owners of the firm enjoy brought about by association and money, makes them act with ‘untouchable’ attitude.
For example, despite his questionable character Mr Abdulwalli Shariff Ahmed was appointed Honorary Consul for Romania, where he enjoys diplomatic immunity.
The rogue firm is registered both in Kenya and in the United Kingdom.
Residents of Tana River County accuse the company of shoddy works in the construction of Sh200 million Oda Bridge at Bura Kofira in Garsen Constituency.
The bridge which is supposed to connect people from either sides of the Tana River was overcome by floods while still under construction in Many 2017.
Despite a bad reputation the company still wins GoK tenders.
As earlier stated, the tender winnings are done through dark art of coercion.
It is not that the company is qualified.
Kenyanbulletin.com delved into the deepest end of the matter and came out with information concerning the firm.
The art of threats and coercion
According to sources, the firm recently failed to secure a tender due to non-responsive bid, in a key parastatal, the Kenya Medical Supplied Authority (KEMSA) thereby threatening the Chief Executive Officer Dr Jonah Manjari.
“We shall see where you will reach. We shall fight all over the media and destroy you”, a manager at Tunasco told the parastatal CEO.
The CEO of Tunasco having declared a war on the Dr Manjari, paid a local media house who splashed a breaking news that the CEO was being investigated for a sh1 billion tender awarded to a Chinese firm.
“KEMSA CEO Jonah Manjari on the spot after EACC launched probe on Sh959m racking system contract awarded to Chinese firm”, the Capital News channel blasted.
The blackmail and coercion that Tunasco is used to had backfired and so they are fighting back.
Ties to rogue politicians and tenderpreneurs and a Sh0.3 billion scandal
Between December 2017 and July 2018, Mr Fredrick Wanyonyi served as the CEO of KEMSA in an acting capacity.
During his short tenure, Fred Wanyonyi was caught in a sh323 million scandal involving expired drugs.
The man was on a tight spot as investigations had found out that KEMSA staff were colluding with suppliers to supply expired drugs to the market.
Police and officials from Pharmacy and Poisons Board had raided a house in Parklands belonging to the then CEO and found consignment of surgical gloves, X-ray protective gowns, drugs, surgical syringes and sutures marked as government property.
During the raid, the detectives also found equipment used to repackage drugs and change the expiry date on the packets.
Most of these drugs ended in ‘free medical camps’, some, at your favourite chemists.
In his incompetence, Wanyonyi had KEMSA stock over sh11.7 billion worth of expired drugs.
Sources tell Kenyanbulletin.com that Wanyonyi is the force that is helping the Turkish firm Tunasco fight the current CEO Jonah Manjari.
Jonah has cleaned up KEMSA and the cartels are not happy.
Furthermore, our sources intimate that Fred Wanyonyi is a longtime ally of ousted Ford Kenya leader, scammer and fake gold merchant Moses Wetangula.
Fred has unexplained wealth, and as KEMSA’s Legal Director, it is quite curious how he managed to own Iconic Hotel in Bungoma.
The friend of gold scammer Wetangula has a lot of explaining when they sit down to drink at their favorite joint.