Even as Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission(EACC) detectives zero-in corruption dealings at WERU technical institution, our investigations can further reveal that the principal Abedneggo Mula is under separate scrutiny over the filthy state of the institution whose roofs are leaking.
Escalating sex scandals involving key officials in the institution are also under scrutiny.
The EACC has been investigating at the college.
This came in the wake of a parliamentary Initiative’s crackdown on rogue TVETS.
The current state of the institution adds salt to injury even as the principal battles for survival.
The institution located in Bao Lala, Malindi Sub-County was officially launched in 2017 and has struggled to attract any significant enrollment.
Top officials at the institution have been castigated for colluding to defraud the government for construction a modern workshop.
In the project,the procurement department is alleged to have hurriedly single sourced the contractor whom documents indicate has already been paid Ksh 1.9 million.
It was also established that an unsuspecting donor had already offered an assistance of ksh.200million worth of machinery to be used in the said workshop.
Some of the gaps that were identified in the procurement process included failure to conduct public participation and conducting an impervious tendering process.
There was no public advertisement and the same was never published on the institution’s website for online users.
Contract agreements were also not uploaded in the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority ( PPRA) website.
Also of concern is the fact that there was no public sign board to give communication to the public as per NCA guidelines.
Still on the same, there was no project manager attached to it from the Public Works Office with revelations also indicating that there were no permits from county planning department and National Environment Management Authority ( NEMA) approving the construction.
Tatawe investment company has no NCA certificate to conduct any public works.
Officers on the spot include the Regional Director for TVETS Peter Mwangi, Principal of the institution and Mr. Abedneggo Mulu, Chairman of the college.
The other officers include Head of Procurement and finance department among others.
According to documents in our possession it indicates that the Mr. Mulu gave an agreement to Tatawe Investment company on July 25,2023, under tender number WTVC/BW/01/2023/2024-PROPOSED EXTENSION OF CLASSROOM BLOCK AT WERU TVC.
A concerned citizen who has raised the matter with the National Assembly Public Investments Committee on Governance and Education had called for termination of the process.
The Committee on August launched a probe into institutions of higher learning to unearth financial malpractices pointed out by the Auditor General.
The probe targeted public Universities, Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) institutions, and Technical Training institutes.
Committee Chairman Jack Wamboka said the probe, which is based on the auditor general’s reports, has been backdated to the 2019–2020 financial year to get to the bottom of the issues raised in the reports.
The issues raised in the three audit reports, he added, point to mismanagement of public resources, laxity, and incompetence of accounting officers, adding that the committee would go after the officers involved to recover lost funds.
“We are here to protect the public good and ensure that there is value for money for every shilling sent to these public institutions,” he said.
Most of the institutions, he said, had never been audited by the PIC, explaining the runaway corruption and gross financial mismanagement.
This, he said, was because the PIC in the last parliament was a giant committee with over 900 institutions to oversee.
“In this parliament, the PIC has been split into three, and this will make sure that we reach all these institutions, which for many years have gone unchecked,” he said.
Accounting officers for Kisumu National Polytechnic, Seme Technical and Vocational College, Ugenya Technical and Vocational College, and Bondo Technical and Vocational College have already appeared before the committee.
The committee had been challenged to summon officials from Weru to clear the air on the matter raised against them.
Also of concern is the school fees payment uncertainties.
The technical institute charges Sh56,420 per student per year while the government provides Sh30,000 as subsidy.
So ideally a student is required to pay Sh26, 420 per year, but if the amount is burdensome to the parent there are HELB loans which give out Sh40,000,” he said.
Locals in the area near the Weru project now want the principal to resign or redeployed.