Budget boss approved Anglo Leasing pay, says witness
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.