The Director of Public Prosecution DPP has cleared Raila’s ally, Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Dr. Daniel Manduku of corruption charges in sh 2.7 billion scandal.
Manduku was facing a litany of corruption charges over the sh 2.7 billion scandal related to irregular award of tenders at the Mombasa and Kisumu port.
The DCI had preferred over 30 charges against him touching on irregular and inflated procurement. Manduku and other Port officials were to face a number of charges, including conspiracy to defraud, and engaging in procurement without budgetary approval.
Of interest to the DCI and DPP were the sh 1.4 billion believed to have been paid for the constructing of concrete barriers where the price of one barrier was inflated from sh 10,000 to sh 79,000. Manduku was also accused of irregularly awarding and inflating the rehabilitation of Kisumu port project from sh 200 to sh 800 million.
The corruption-ridden Kisumu port rehabilitation project has made President Uhuru Kenyatta postponed the commissioning of the port twice.
The embattled MD had sought courts protection in December 3rd last year where justice Ogola dismissed the application seeking to stop his arrest and prosection. The court instead granted him anticipatory bail of Sh 500,000.
Manduka was represented by a battery of lawyers led by Siaya senator James Orengo.
But ever since he was granted an anticipatory bail, the file has been lying largely idle at DPP’s office before it was finally dismissed for lack of evidence.
In clearing Manduku, the DPP observed that there was insufficient evidence to sustained the case where taxpayers are reported to have lost sh 2.7 billion in irregular and inflated tenders.
The clearing of Manduku by DPP may lend credence to critics who have accused the DPP and DCI of systematic and selective prosecution against graft. That Manduku was cleared by DPP in the face of glaring evidence means the public may not get justice in the loss of sh 2.7 billion which according to the DCI transaction trail, ended in the pockets of individuals.