August 19, 2022
The Kenya Defence Forces through the Ministry of Defence has threatened to seek legal redress over media reports of their alleged involvement in the Ksh40 billion weapons scandal rocking the country.

In a statement released on Monday, February 17, the ministry expressed its displeasure with what it termed to as scandalous reports perpetuated by the media to paint the force in a bad light.

“The Ministry of Defence is very concerned that a section of the media is creating a narrative that is scandalous and libelous in spite of what is clearly a fraudulent and criminal act. The Ministry of Defence intends to seek redress for this matter,” the statement reads.

The ministry indicated that it had received visits from the investigators seeking to ascertain if there were any truths in the allegations that had been made.

A collage photo showing former Sports CS Rashid Echesa engaging alleged military equipment supplies at an undisclosed date.

“During the visit, it was established that the complainants have never interacted with any official mandated to represent the ministry of defence.

“The visit further revealed that the complainants have never been to Ulinzi House, the Ministry of Defence Headquarters as had been alleged,” the statement continued.

The force further insisted that the contents that were was being displayed in the media had no origin in the Ministry of Defence as alleged in the reports.

The military distanced itself from any involvements in the fake arms deal and procurement scam and insisted that it has well-set procurement procedures that govern how things are procured at the ministry

“The Ministry of Defence wishes to reiterate that we have an elaborate procurement process and structures that ensure transparency and accountability of any procurement process as guided by the Public Procurement and Assets Disposal Act (2016),” the statement concluded.

The Ksh40 billion scam has roped in political bigwigs including former CS Rashid Echesa who is out on Ksh1 million bail after a court ruling on Monday, February 17.

Also roped in is Deputy President William Ruto who is alleged to have played host to the other supposed scammers who came with Echesa to his Harambee House office.

Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa appears before court on February 17, 2020.
Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa appears before court on February 17, 2020.

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