Bud­get boss ap­proved An­glo Leas­ing pay, says wit­ness

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Judiciary -

Pay­ments to the An­glo Leas­ing re­lated com­pa­nies were ap­proved by the bud­get boss, a Nairobi court heard yes­ter­day. Trial mag­is­trate Martha Mu­tuku heard that the Con­troller of Bud­get ap­proved the pay­ments made to an over­sees firm af­ter the gov­ern­ment signed the con­tract. Wil­son Kin­ga­tia, a re­tired se­nior principal ac­coun­tant at the Fi­nance min­istry, said the pay­ment had the ap­proval of then bud­get boss at Trea­sury Evans Mwai (pic­tured). He said the pay­ments had to be ap­proved by Mwai. The court heard that a for­eign com­pany was paid 3.5 mil­lion eu­ros as first in­stall­ment from the Trea­sury 12 years ago. Kin­ga­tia also pro­duced in court a pay­ment ad­vice show­ing how the gov­ern­ment paid 3.5 mil­lion eu­ros o a for­eign firm through its ac­count at the HSBC Repub­lic Bank in South Africa with­out de­liv­ery of ser­vices. “Ac­cord­ing to the Kenya E-cops con­tract agree­ment, it was signed on Novem­ber 19, 2003 and 3,500,266 eu­ros was to be paid as first in­stall­ment 45 days af­ter a com­mit­ment fee was paid,” he said. The court heard that In­fo­tal­ent Ltd, which signed for the con­tract to sup­ply se­cu­rity equip­ment to the Po­lice depart­ment known as Kenya E-cops, was a di­rect ben­e­fi­ciary of the money, which al­legedly cost the Kenyan gov­ern­ment Sh59.6 bil­lion. Kin­ga­tia said he signed a pay­ment ad­vice au­tho­ris­ing the pay­ments for sup­ply of po­lice equip­ment and ac­ces­sories in March 31, 2004, to­gether with for­mer PS Joseph Ma­gari be­fore Trea­sury could make the pay­ments.

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