Detectives investigate suspected fraud at Kenya Airways

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 00:00 |
Kenya Airways plane. Photo/Courtesy

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations has launched an inquiry into the procurement of services for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft engines by the Kenya Airways.

Head of the DCI’s Banking Fraud Investigations Unit Abdullah Komesha has written to the Kenya Airways managing director Sebastian Mikosz asking him to avail about 20  documents to help in unearthing a suspected multi-billion-shilling fraud.

In a letter dated September 2, Komesha requested for the airline’s Procurement Guidelines since the year 2015 and the procurement plan for the same period, the budget plan and the tender advertisement or request for proposal for the same period.

Already, the DCI has launched a probe into how the loss making national carrier lost Sh100 million over a period of 11 years.

Receiving letter

In a statement issued last evening, the national carrier confirmed receipt of a letter from the DCI to facilitate investigations into procurement of services.

“Kenya Airways welcomes the investigation by the DCI and we are engaging with the team to provide the necessary support and information,” read the statement.

The detectives also want the list of all the pre-qualified suppliers between 2015 and 2018, plus the tender documents by the potential bidders.

To establish the individuals who might have perpetrated the fraud, the Banking Fraud Investigations Unit has also sought the composition of the procurement and tender committee and that of the technical and commercial evaluation committees for the financial years 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Among the reports required from the airline include the technical evaluation and financial sourcing reports.

Also needed is the composition of the Kenya Airways board members the management structure and its members.

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