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Thursday July 2, 2020 – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Managing Director, Bernard Njiraini, has been arrested.

Njiraini was arrested in the morning by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and taken to Integrity Centre for processing and to record a statement.

His arrest was part of ongoing investigations into graft at the State agency.

He is accused of frustrating the work of investigative agencies looking into payment of bribes for pre-export conformity for goods including mobile devices, as well as involvement in suspicious procurement deals.

He allegedly failed to provide 15 sets of crucial documents to aid investigations into the procurement irregularities despite being asked to do so on June 18th.

“Today, EACC arrested Mr. Benard Njiraini as a penal consequence of failing to comply with a Notice issued to him pursuant to Section 27 and Section 66 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.”

“This is with a view of obtaining the said documents and preferring charges against him for his contravention,” a statement issued by EACC read in part.

Among documents EACC wanted are tender advertising notices, bank tender documents, all bids submitted by the bidders, tender opening minutes, list of bidders and individual tender evaluation score sheets.

Njiraini was appointed as the KEBs boss in August 2019, and vowed to clean up the State corporation that has been rocked by corruption scandals in the past.

“From my short stint in that office, I have observed that it requires a very strong personality and leadership deeply rooted in ethical corporate governance guided by high moral values and integrity.

“In order to succeed as MD, you must resist all forms of manipulation and be guided by national interest and nothing else. I will hold the independence of actions guided by objectivity and in line with the Kebs mandate,” he stated at the time.

His predecessor, Charles Ongwae, was charged with abuse of office and conspiracy to deny the Government tax revenue in January 2019.

Ongwae was charged alongside 14 others, with 31 counts over an alleged tax evasion scheme that led to the loss of Ksh64 million in Government revenue.


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