Baringo Senator Gedion Moi was yesterday questioned by DCI detectives for over 9 hours over corruption scandals at the port linked to his companies. Gedion Moi who arrived at the DCI Headquarters at 9:00 am spend the better part of the day as detectives sought to unravel the mega corruption scandals linked to his 4 companies. The senator’s questioning comes weeks after the Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Daniel Manduku adversely mentioned the Baringo senator when he was grilled last month.
Manduku has since obtained participatory bail from a Mombasa court barring his arrest. The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has been reviewing corruption charges against Manduku over Ksh. 2.73 billion scam at the port. The funds are believed to have been paid for inflated Ksh. 1.4 billion concrete barriers, where the price of one barrier was inflated from Ksh. 10,000 to Ksh. 79,000. Manduku is also accused of irregularly awarding and inflating the rehabilitation of Kisumu port project from Ksh. 200M to Ksh. 800M.
It is the award of these 2 tenders and others that the DCI has been investigating the Baringo Senator Gedion Moi. According to the DCI, Michell Cotts Ltd was irregularly awarded the inflated Ksh. 1.4 billion concrete tender. Mitchell Cotts is linked to Gedion Moi though shareholding in 4 companies owned by the senator. These are; High Trees Ltd, First Chartered Securities Ltd, Mitchell Cotts Inv. Ltd, and Makimwa Consultants Ltd.
The DCI is also investigating other powerful politicians over the port tender scam. The spirited fight by Siaya Senator James Orengo to stop the prosecution of KPA Director Daniel Manduku is believed to have led detectives into unraveling links between Manduku and ODM leader Raila Odinga. According to detectives aware with investigations, Raila Odinga is believed to have been awarded the inflated Kisumu port rehabilitation tender via proxy companies linked to his children. Perhaps that explains why the DPP is yet to arrest the port director weeks after he hinted that Manduku will be arraigned in court