The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has ordered the Kilifi County Government to cancel a Ksh103 million tender for the design and maintenance of an integrated revenue collection management system issued to a local company.
The anti-graft organization added in a statement that investigations indicated that the contracted company, a construction firm, lacked the capacity and experience to handle revenue management and collection.
According to the company’s statement, it annexed documents belonging to a third party, a technology firm, presumably to ensure that it won the bidding.
“In the premises, pending conclusion of investigations, we advise that you suspend implementation of the contract and the payment of the sum of Kshs. 103, 797,361.70 purportedly being in respect of purchase of the system,” according to a portion of the statement.
“We further put you on notice that in the event of loss to the County Government, we shall hold each and every person involved personally responsible and take appropriate criminal and/or civil action,” the statement went on to say.
Furthermore, the anti-corruption commission criticized the 25% revenue-sharing formula agreed upon by the county government and the contractor as extravagant.
“It is further noteworthy that the said company is currently providing similar service to the County Government of Mombasa and the agreed rate of sharing is only 5%,” the statement goes on to say.
In an earlier letter issued to Governor Gideon Mung’aro in August 2023, EACC urged the county administration against signing the deal in favor of the successful bidder.