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EACC Arrests National Industrial Training Authority Director-General Stephen Ogenga, 2 Others Over Alleged Irregular Tender Award

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EACC Arrests National Industrial Training Authority Director-General Stephen Ogenga, 2 Others Over Alleged Irregular Tender Award

 

**Nairobi, Kenya** – The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has arrested Stephen Ogenga, the Director-General of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA), along with two other officials, over allegations of irregularly awarding a tender worth KSh 28.4 million during the 2017/2018 financial year. The arrests mark a significant development in the ongoing efforts to combat corruption within government institutions.

 

According to EACC officials, the arrests were made following an extensive investigation into the tendering process at NITA. The investigation revealed that the tender, which was intended for the procurement of training materials and equipment, was awarded without following due process, raising suspicions of malpractice and favoritism. EACC spokesperson Yassin Amaro stated, “The EACC is committed to ensuring that public resources are utilized effectively and that any irregularities are thoroughly investigated. The arrest of Mr. Ogenga and his colleagues demonstrates our dedication to upholding integrity within public offices.”

 

The other two individuals arrested alongside Ogenga were identified as the Head of Procurement, John Wambua, and the Finance Manager, Mary Njeri. Both are alleged to have played crucial roles in the tender award process. The EACC indicated that further charges might be brought against additional individuals involved in the procurement process. “We are looking into all aspects of this case and will leave no stone unturned,” added Amaro.

 

Following the arrests, the suspects were taken to EACC headquarters for questioning. They are expected to face charges of abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an economic crime, and flouting procurement laws. If found guilty, they could face significant penalties, including imprisonment and hefty fines. The case has drawn widespread attention, highlighting the need for transparency and accountability in the management of public funds.

 

In a statement, the EACC emphasized the importance of proper tendering procedures in maintaining public trust and ensuring fair competition among suppliers. “The public must have confidence that tenders are awarded based on merit and not on personal interests. This case serves as a reminder that any deviations from established procedures will be met with decisive action,” the statement read.

 

The National Industrial Training Authority, which plays a pivotal role in vocational training and skills development in Kenya, has yet to issue an official response to the arrests. The scandal has raised concerns about the impact on the agency’s operations and its ability to deliver on its mandate. Stakeholders in the education and training sector have called for a swift resolution to the case to restore confidence in NITA’s management.

 

As the investigation continues, the EACC has urged the public to come forward with any information that could aid in the case. “We encourage anyone with relevant information to cooperate with our investigators. Combating corruption is a collective responsibility, and we rely on the public’s support to achieve our mission,” said Amaro.

 

The arrests of Ogenga and his colleagues underscore the EACC’s ongoing efforts to tackle corruption at all levels of government. With this high-profile case, the commission aims to send a clear message that corruption will not be tolerated and that those found guilty will be held accountable for their actions.

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