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EACC arrests Kebs MD Bernard Njiraini


The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) Managing Director Bernard Njiraini has been arrested.

The Kebs boss was arrested by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) sleuths on Thursday morning, July 2, 2020.

He was whisked to the EACC headquarters at the Integrity Centre, where he recorded a statement.

The anti-graft agency said Njiraini was arrested for interfering with the probe into illegal procurement dealings, thus derailing investigation process by the agency.

“Today, EACC arrested Mr Benard Njiraini as a penal consequence of failing to comply with a notice issued to him pursuant to Section 27 and Section 66 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003. This is with a view of obtaining the said documents and preferring charges against him for his contravention,” read a section of the statement.

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The Kebs boss is accused of thwarting efforts to investigate corruption dealings into the tendering process on used motor vehicles, mobile equipment and spare parts as well as pre-export conformity of goods.

The move comes barely a year since Njiraini was appointed as the MD for Kebs in August 2019 where he pledged to rid the corporation of graft scandals which have rocked it for a long time.

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Njiraini succeeded Charles Ongwae, the former Kebs MD, who was kicked out in January 2019 on abuse of office and withholding government tax revenue charges.

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