Former Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Youth, Rashid Echesa is in custody over the KSh 39 billion military tender scam as investigations continue.
On Friday, February 14, detectives searched William Ruto’s office for evidence after it emerged the suspects met with investors at the office. On Saturday, February 15, detectives searched in Echesa’s houses for evidence and found some crucial documents. The detectives are believed to have now narrowed down on Ruto’s allies including his long-serving aide Farouk Kibet.
Detectives investigating the KSh 39 billion military tender scam involving former Sports CS Rashid Echesa have raided the suspect’s houses and Deputy President William Ruto’s office. The detectives pitched camp at Ruto’s office in Harambee Annex on Friday, February 14, where they went through CCTV footage for crucial evidence in connection to the fraudulent scheme.
Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa was arrested on Thursday, February 13, at the Office of Deputy President and was taken for questioning over the tender deal. He later spent a night at Muthaiga Police Station and was aligned to court on Friday. The former CS was taken to Jomo Kenyatta court were he denied conning the foreigners and was held over the weekend as investigations go on.
On Monday Rashid Echesa is expected to be released on a cash bail of 1 million as the Magistrate had ruled on Friday. On Friday the DP slammed those claiming that his offices were involved in the scam. He said that he doesn’t need to be interfered in his role to serve the Kenya Citizens.
The Detectives are keen to nail every individual who was involved in the scheme. Among those that are targeted include long-time personal aide of the DP Farouk Kibet, Chief of Staff Ken Osinde and Private Secretary Reuben Maiyo. “It was not exactly a raid, rather a visit to check a few things…We are analyzing everything before we make further moves, all within the law,” a lead investigator disclosed to Sunday Standard under conditions of anonymity.
On Saturday, the search was extended to Echesa’s house in Karen and Lang’ata where police carted away crucial documents that would aid in the investigations. Detectives pitched camp at DP Ruto’s office in search of crucial evidence in connection to the matter. Photo:
Other suspects who were arrested alongside Echesa included Daniel Otieno Omondi, Kennedy Oyoo Mboya, and Clifford Okoth. The office of the DP was drawn into the picture after directors from Eco Advanced Technologies told detectives that they met with Echesa in the DP’s office to seal the deal. Even Rashid Echesa at some point he promised the Directors that he would ensure that the document is signed in the presence of Deputy President.
Eco Advanced Technologies is said to have been contacted by Echesa with a promise to win the tender after the former deposited KSh 11.5 million to the former CS’s account.
So far the Deputy President has distanced himself from the scheme.