Echesa ally arraigned in court over fake tender conspiracy
A director of the company alleged to have received Sh11.5 million in a fraud case facing former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa was on Friday charged with conspiracy to defraud.
Chrispin Oduor who appeared before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi denied several counts of conspiracy to defraud levelled against him by the state.
Among the charges against Odour is unlawfully being in possession of a rubber stamp implement for Ministry of Defence and Chief of Procurement in the Ministry of Defence.
Oduor is charged with attempting to defraud foreigners of Sh39 billion claiming he and others not in court could award them a Ministry of Defence tender.
It is alleged that on diverse dates between October 2, 2019 and February at an unknown place they jointly with others not before court conspired to make documents without authority.
He allegedly made an End User Certificate, Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) Notification of Award for restricted classified tender number HC2019/2026, a letter from the Ministry of Defence and an extension of date of the notification of award for restricted classified tender HC2019/2026.
The accused also denied making a false document. It's alleged that he made the false document on February 13, 2020 at Harambee House Annex.
Oduor made an agreement Ref No Highly Classified 2019/2026 for supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and maintenance of an integrated communication and security surveillance system between the government of the Republic of Kenya and Eco Advanced Technologies LLC purporting it to be a genuine document issued by the State Department of Defence.
The court heard that on October 22 at an unknown place with intent to defraud and without lawful authority or excuse they made a notification of award for a restricted classified tender letter to the managing director Howells Investment SP Z.O.O Aleja Niepodleglosci 02-626 Warsaw, Poland, purporting it to be a genuine document issued and signed by RM Gicia for Principal Secretary State Department of Defense.
Oduor is also accused of obtaining Sh11.5 million from Kozlowski Stanley Bruno by purporting that they would award him a tender to supply military equipment.
He is further charged with attempting to defraud Sh39 billion from foreigners by purporting to be in a position to award them the military tender.
Prosecution led by assistant deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) Jacinta Nyamosi opposed bail application by defence, saying the accused is flight risk if released on bond he may not return back.
Also she told the court that the accused being an influence person he is likely to interfere with witnesses.
The defence lawyer urged the court to dismiss prosecution application,saying it it lacks merit.
He said that the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty and he was entitled to bail or bond.
The magistrate adjourned the ruling until Monday.
In the case Echesa and three others have already been charged and are out on cash bail of Sh1 million each pending the mention of the case on March 3.