DCI Kinoti to Name Another Company in Echesa’s Firearm Saga

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti is set to name another company that got its hand in the Sh 39 billion military scam.

Detectives have been probing the Sh39 billion military equipment tender deal, which has sunk former Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa.

The deal is said to have been negotiated and thrashed out within the Deputy President William Ruto’s Harambee House Annex office on a number of occasions.

Echesa is said to have used the Office of the Deputy President and the signature of Defence Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma to cut the fraudulent multi-billion-shilling deal to supply military surveillance equipment and guns.

The complainant, who is an American based in Poland, told the police Echesa approached them through e-mail, introducing himself as a Kenyan politician who would hook them up with a lucrative Sh39.5 billion tender.

To show commitment, he is reported to have asked them to pay a firm known as Pizzle Consultancy $115,000 (Sh11.5 million) as consultancy fee.

Echesa is further said to have summoned the directors of the company into the country and had a meeting at a Nairobi hotel in the presence of people dressed in military uniforms, one of them introducing himself to the investors as a general who would be the user of the military equipment to be supplied to the Department of Defence.

The directors then arranged a trip for Echesa and three others to Poland, the headquarters of the company to inspect the surveillance equipment.

It is here that he said he would receive Sh52 million upon the signing of the contract after allegedly approving the standards of the equipment.

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