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Ex Commissioner of Prisons General Osugo Faces Arrests over Sh4.8Billion Tender

The immediate former Commissioner-General of Prisons Isaiah Osugo faces jail after an audit at the Department of Correctional Services has established that he is to blame for the fraudulent award of Sh4.8 billion classified tenders for the supply of weapons.

The deal was unearthed by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

Osugo has however denied any involvement in the deal, arguing that he was not aware of the plans to buy the equipment, the report recommends that he should be disciplined for misconduct.

However, documents seen by a local media show that, despite denials, he was deeply involved in the entire procurement.

Others recommended for punishment are a Mr Mageto, who is the head of the procurement unit, chief finance officer Sarah Kemunto Karandi and members of the tender and evaluation committee who participated in the tendering.

The money was to be paid  before the delivery of the security items yet there was no tender performance security or bank guarantee, thus exposing the government to losses.

According to the documents seen by Nation, the estimated cost of the equipment that Kenya Prisons had requisitioned, and which were budgeted for in the 2014/15 financial year was about Sh90 million.

The initial items Kenya Prisons had planned to buy included 300 AK 47 rifles, 200 Uzi sub-machine guns, 100 browning pistols, 100 auto tokara pistols, 3,000 pairs of handcuffs and 300,000 rounds of ammunition.

Also in the list were 1,000 rifle slings, 300 packets of rifle cleaning kits, 300 rifle cleaning rods and 10  vehicle mirror scanners.

Others items were 1,000 helmets, 1,000 batons, 500 firearms registers, two dog carrier pick-ups, 1,000 anti-riot gear and equipment, 64 arms movement books, 300 bullet proof jackets and a similar number of bullet proof vests.

In a strange twist, Mr Osugo reviewed the initial budget in 2017 and included a significant number of caliber guns, which saw the cost skyrocket to Sh4.8 billion.

What has baffled the investigators is that the additional weapons were not factored in the department’s budget plans as its core mandate is rehabilitation.

The added items included 5,000 G3 rifles, 3,000 Steyr Aug rifles with accessories, and 3,000 steyr pistols.

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