Anglo-Leasing firm supplied police with items, court told

The anti-corruption court on Tuesday heard that the police received several items from a company at the centre of the controversial Anglo Leasing E-Cops project but were unable to establish which deliveries fell under which contract.

Mr Levin Mwandi, formerly director of logistics in the police service, said that he could not tell whether the items supplied by Sound Day Corporation fell under the Anglo Leasing E-Cops project, or related to other contracts the firm was also engaged in with the police.

Sound Day Corporation had been supplying police equipment since 1993, and had most of the contracts spanning over a period of time.

The firm continued to supply police equipment up to 2006.

Mr Mwandi said that he had sought more information from the Office of the President regarding the controversial contract and was only supplied with a list of items to expect, but not the contract itself showing the total items to be supplied.

“In the absence of the crucial information regarding the contract and its terms, including the obligation of the police, government, and supplier, it was difficult to give a full account of the items delivered,” Mr Mwandi.

He however said that his office was not involved in the procurement as the project was being handled by the Office of the President, where most of the contracts relating to police service were handled.

Further, that Police Commissioner Hussein Ali had provided a list and requested that he should go through it to know which of the listed items had been delivered, and which items were pending delivery.

His office provided details of the record they had kept of all the items received.

Mr Mwandi said the police equipment to be supplied under the Anglo Leasing E-Cops project had been prepared under the leadership Police Commissioner Edwin Nyaseda.
He tried but was unsuccessful in reaching him for clarification on certain issues.

The former commissioner has since died.

The project sought to link all the police stations in the country so as to improve efficiency and collaboration in fighting crime and maintenance of law and order.

He told court that he was unaware of the Anglo Leasing E-Cops project until the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission requested for all the documents relating to the contract.

In the matter, former finance minister David Mwirarria, two former Permanent Secretaries and businessmen Deepak Kamani and Rashmi Kamani have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the government.

The hearing resumes on Wednesday.

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