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EACC arrests two China Roads managers for 'bribery'

Monday September 7 2015

China Roads and Bridge Corporation won the

China Roads and Bridge Corporation won the tender to construct Kenya's standard gauge railway. Two managers of the company were arrested on September 4 and 5, 2015 for allegedly bribing KeNHa officials. PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI | NATION MEDIA GROUP. 

BERNARD NAMUNANE
By BERNARD NAMUNANE
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Two senior managers of a Chinese company that has won tenders worth billions of shillings have been arrested for alleged corruption.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) detectives seized a China Roads and Bridge Corporation engineer and a liaison officer at the weekend.

They were caught as they bribed Kenya Highways Authority (KeNHA) officials to allow their overloaded trucks to pass through weighbridges.

Four trucks with building materials belonging to the Chinese firm, which is constructing the multibillion-shilling standard gauge railway, were also arrested in the operation that involved KeNHA officials on Mombasa Road.

TRUCKS DETAINED

In a statement, the EACC said the liaison officer was arrested on Friday for bribing a KeNHA official with Sh100,000 at the Emali Trading Centre to escape charges of overloading.

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Two trucks were also detained by the police.

He will be taken to court in Machakos on Tuesday.

“The suspect was booked at Emali Police Station and released on a cash bail of Sh200,000 so as to take a plea at the Machakos Anti-Corruption Court tomorrow. The suspect’s passport was also retained at the Emali Police Station,” EACC said.

SH60,000 BAIL

On Saturday, EACC officers arrested the manager for giving a Sh30,000 bribe to escape charges of overloading two trucks at the Taru Trading Centre.

He was released on a Sh60,000 cash bail and will be taken to court in Mombasa on Friday to answer charges of bribery.

His passport has also been retained at the Taru Police Station.

The EACC warned officials against allowing bribery on Kenyan roads and said it would intensify operations to get rid of the vice.