Atwoli wants DP Ruto grilled over fake tender scam involving Rashid Echesa

Atwoli wants Ruto investigated over tender scam
Cotu boss FRancis Atwoli

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli has called on the DCI to investigate Deputy President over fake tender scam involving former CS Rashid Echesa. The former sports CS was arrested yesterday by DCI detectives for grilling.

He is accused of swindling foreign investors with fake tender for the supply of military equipment.

Echesa is said to have used a boardroom at the Deputy President Office at Harambee Annex and also forged Defense CS Monica Juma’s signature.

But even before the investigations are complete, Cotu boss Francis Atwoli has called on the DCI to summon DP William Ruto for questioning saying his information will help the DCI in unraveling the scam. According to Atwoli, Echesa could not have used the boardroom at Harambee Annex without Ruto’s knowledge.

“If a former minister can enter into the office of the Deputy President and sign fraudulent documents, what does that tell you about the character of William Ruto?” He quipped.

“The DCI should cast their net wider and summoned the Deputy President for questioning since it looks like he is privy to the scam. I can tell you for free…. Ruto is a person of interest in this matter”, he added.

In what sounds like a script from a viction movie, the DCI alleges that Echesa approached foreign investors with a promised to help them win a lucrative tender worth sh. 39.5 billion. The former CS was to pocket 10 per cent for pushing the deal through.

Echesa was arraigned in court this morning where the prosecution asked that he be detained for 21 days to allow for investigation.

The scam folllows a similar pattern with one in 2018 where unsuspecting Kenyans lost millions in fake tender orchestrated between State House officials and the Department of Defense (DOD) operatives and fraudsters.

In one case, a businessman was reported to have lost millions after he fell prey to a fake tender by State House to supply laptops worth sh 300 million.

So meticulously plan was the scheme that the fraudsters were able to access and occupy these facilities for some time until the businessmen believed it was a genuine transactions.

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