A chief finance officer in the ministry of Devolution and Planning which the KSh1.6b NYS scandal  rocked started giving  a blow by blow account on how a firm linked to businesswoman Josephine Kabura Irungu was paid for supply of building material.

Nixon Obora identified several payment vouchers that were used to procure building materials from Home Builders Ltd, a company associated with the suspect Kabura Irungu.

The finance officer said that the payments were made to the company “after supplying some soft and hard building materials that were to be used by the devolution ministry.”

He said that the payments were made depending on how the materials were supplied to the ministry.

Alleged forged documents

Obora took the court through various vouchers against which the government made payments.

He said that in September 2015 KSh36,750,000 was paid for the materials supplied by the company.

He also showed the court other invoices for KSh26 million and KSh15,750,000 for supplied soft-core materials and hardcore respectively.

In the case  Kabura’s  accounts are alleged to have been used to receive  money fraudulently.She is charged alongside former Devolution Ps Peter Mangiti, former NYS boss Dr Nelson Githinji, businessman Ben Gethi and 22 others including ministry officials.

The prosecution’s case is that alleged forged documents were used to steal KSh791 as claims against
the Ministry of Devolution and Planning for goods never supplied.

 

Hearing is underway at the Nairobi Chief magistrate’s criminal court in  Milimani.

Payments without approval

The alleged fraudulent payments to the firm(s) associated with  Kabura were made without the ministerial tender committee’s approval, the trial court was told.

 Obora  produced 25 vouchers that were paid to Kabura’s company within a month saying that the there were no records of  bid for the tenders for the supply of the goods that they were paid for.

He said the suspect payments were made to among others, Home Builders Ltd and Roof and All Trading Ltd,  both companies associated with Kabura.

Approved by director of finance

“The 25 vouchers were paid under department of NYS Youth Development Initiatives…approved budget for that was over Ksh16 billion in the financial year 2014/15,” the witness said.

The court heard that  the payments of over Sh 78 million  were made to the companies in a month for the  alleged supply of  “some soft, hard and approved sub-graded building materials that were to be used by the ministry of Devolution.”

Obora said the payments were approved by the director of finance and the materials would be received at NYS by an official P.J Otinga after inspection of acceptance.

The court heard that the budget approved for the ministry for the financial year was over Ksh55 billion for development which was (mis)used for the works and payments made to the companies.

He clarified that they were charged under the development vote.
Adequate resources
Obora took the court through various vouchers which the Government was
making the payments against.

 

He said that in September 2015 KSh36,750,000 was paid for the materials supplied by the company. He also showed the court other invoices for Sh 26 million and Sh
15,750,000 for supplied soft and hardcore materials.

“There were adequate resources for payments under the Youth Development Initiative in the financial year 2014/15,” the witness said implying that this was the money that was plundered at the NYS.
Hearing continues.