Court rules ex-IEBC boss Oswago has case to answer over election device procurement malpractices

In Summary

• Anti-corruption magistrate Felix Kombo put the two on their defence after the prosecution proved that they failed to comply with the law relating to procurement when they procured electronic voter identification devices for the March 4, 2013 General Election.

• This means the duo will now have to defend themselves over the charges levelled against them. Thirty-six witnesses testified in the case.

Former IEBC CEO James Oswago.
Former IEBC CEO James Oswago.
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A magistrate's court has found that former IEBC CEO James Oswago and deputy commissioner Wilson Shollei have a case to answer in relation to abuse of office charges.

Anti-corruption magistrate Felix Kombo put the two on their defence after the prosecution proved that they failed to comply with the law relating to procurement when they procured electronic voter identification devices for the March 4, 2013 General Election.

This means the duo will now have to defend themselves over the charges levelled against them. Thirty-six witnesses testified in the case.

The court however acquitted two others who had been charged alongside Oswago. The magistrate said no case has been made against Edward Kenga Karisa and Willy Gachanja Kamanga.

In 2013, Oswago and Shollei were arraigned in court charged with failing to comply with the law relating to procurement.

The two allegedly failed to ensure the changes made to the contract awarded to Face Technologies Limited by the IEBC for the supply of Electronic Voter Identification in Tender No. IEBC14/2011-2012 were approved by the IEBC tender committee.

On a different count, they were accused of using their offices to improperly confer a benefit on Face Technologies Limited by approving payment of Sh1.39 billion for the supply of EVIDs without ascertaining that devices supplied were inspected, accepted and met the technical specifications in the contract.