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The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives have arrested Tanathi Water Works Development Agency (TAWWDA) CEO Fredrick Tito Mwamati over the embezzlement of Sh 292, 770,465.

In a statement on Tuesday, June 25, EACC said Mwamati was arrested on Monday evening and was held at EACC Integrity Centre Police Station.

Mwamati and eight other officials are said to have irregularly issued a tender for the construction of the Kinanie Leather Industrial Park Water Supply Project- Phases II and III to Perma Structural Engineering Company Ltd during the Financial Years 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.

“The Commission commenced investigations in 2022 upon receipt of a complaint that top officials of Tanathi Water Works Development Agency had embezzled public funds to the tune of Kes.292,770,465 through fraudulent schemes in the award of tenders to companies linked to them,” read the statement in part.

The other suspects include; Francis Siva, David Otieno Mwango, Duncan Mulandi Mutambuki, Eric Muendo Ng’alu, Dickson Mugambi, Peter Muange Kimuyu, Joseph Mutua Muange and Willy Kimuyu Muange.

The suspects are set to face charges of conspiracy to commit an offence of corruption, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement, conflict of interest contrary and fraudulent acquisition of public property.The commission ordered the eight other suspects to report to the EACC headquarters or the nearest EACC regional office by Wednesday, June 26, 2024.

“Consequently, the Commission hereby directs the following suspects to report to EACC Headquarters located at the Integrity Centre Building, or the nearest EACC Regional Office, by Wednesday, 26th June 2024, at 8:00 am, without fail,” EACC added.

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