There’s a bigger scandal at the Kenya National Highways Authority, one in which the culture of kickbacks has been normalized.
A source tells Kenyanbulletin.com that it is a defacto policy that every foreigner bidding for a contract advertised by KENHA has to pay Sh100 million in bribes in foreign denominations, with the US dollar and Euro being the currency of choice.
On the other hand, each Kenyan company willing to be considered for any contracts at KENHA will pay not less than Sh10 million in cash. The bribery amounts are collected at strategic locations by Engineer Njuguna Gatitu who is the executive in charge of Road Asset and Corridor Maintenance.
After collecting the agreed amount, a list of approved contractors is sent to the people doing valuation and contract is then tweaked to match the capacity of the internally approved firms and knockout anyone unwilling to dish out bribes to the KENHA executives.
The scheme is so tight such that those who go against it face the wrath of their seniors, most of who report directly to Transport CS James Macharia.
The corrupt networks at KENHA are reportedly being in direct contact with CS Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia who is given kickbacks through his indirect links assigned work at KENHA.
To rope key politicians on their side, KeNHA’s corrupt gang always dish out contracts to some of the loudest of them.
Officials from DCI, EACC and other investigating agencies are also put on a payroll where ‘talking while eating’ is forbidden.
The Ahero – Kisian maintenance project was awarded to a firm associated with DP Ruto. According to sources, a kickback of SH20 million was paid to Peter Mundinia.
Now local contractors, most of whom cannot afford to give bribes every time, appeal to President Uhuru to intervene and save them from the greedy cartel at KeNHA led by the Director General Eng. Peter Mundinia.