A FORMER EACC forensic investigator has told a trial court the probe set off on a trajectory of key allegations that needed to be justified.
Julie Adell-Owino who was heading the investigations team before she left formal employment and the probe prematurely, for starts, said an initial theory of culpability collapsed after further inquiry.
She said EACC had been led to investigate, after John Githongo blew the whistle, “key allegations” of lack of due diligence, that the contract was single sourced, and appeared not to have been budgeted for, and, that it appeared to have been shrouded in secrecy.
“Our role(at the time) was to find out if the allegations were justified or not,” the witness said.
She said she led her team in collecting shreds of evidence from Treasury and the police department, a better chunk of which they never laid their hands on.
“You’d expect to find minutes,requisition documents, user documents, a budget…we were unable to find that,” the witness said. However, they collected Copies of the contract and reviewed the documentation that was available.
The witness said it became apparent one of the companies, Sound Day, had a long trading history with the Government.
In cross examination she concurred that the law allowed for single sourcing and that security matters were kept “secret and confidential.”
She also later on learnt that the cabinet held a meeting on February 27 2001 where the planning, including arrangements for funding the police modernisation project for increased surveillance was mooted and passed as it would enhance the country’s security and boost investor confidence.
The arrangement also lend the respective government functionaries power to sign the contract.
Adell-Owino further said there were however gray-areas in the probe that prompted the request for Mutual Legal Assistance(MLA) to crystallise.
She said eventually after securing the MLA, it was found that the Anglo Leasing firms were not ghost companies and were incorporated overseas.
This eventual exculpatory evidence, the court was told, was difficult to come by without the MLA.
She also confirmed that no money was traced to the accounts senior government officials accused in the case of having engaged in a project without prior planning.