The former head of procurement at the office of the Deputy President has said the process used to hire the “hustler’s” jet was unprocedural.
Evans Nyachieo told the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly yesterday that the LSOs used in the hiring of the aircraft were not signed by the accountant responsible. He said the signing was done when Ruto was already airborne, which is against the procurement laws.
“My officers were unable to trace the documents and I raised an internal memo – then placed an advert in the local papers to the effect that the documents should not be honoured if they are presented for payment,” Nyachieo said.
Committee chairman Ababu Namwamba (Budalangi MP) said the procurement office may have falsified documents to hoodwink the committee and the auditor general over the alleged missing LSOs.
However, Simon Okoth, the former officer in Ruto’s office, who prepared the LSOs, disputed his boss’s earlier testimony before the committee over the missing documents.
Okoth said contrary to claims by his boss, the documents had been traced and committed to order a different procurement under the name Uniglobe.
He said he saw the memos from his boss over the lost items long after the recovery, an indication that the memo could have been backdated. Okoth dismissed reports by his boss that investigations into the matter are underway.
This prompted a resolution of the committee to invite Nyachieo again for further interrogation. “There is an attempt to falsify information. The hurry into the acquisition of the aircraft was triggered by the special audit,” Namwamba said.
“Nyachieo has committed perjury before this committee and must appear again on Thursday morning because he has misrepresented facts. It is now clear that there are no investigations, no written statements and no account of the lost documents for the last five months the investigations have been going on.”
The committee confirmed that Nyachieo and Okoth were transferred to Industrialisation and Treasury respectively because of the scandal.
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