Crime doesn’t pay, and Sino-Kenya Engineering Group Company and its managing director have learned a hard lesson after the African Development Bank (AfDB) debarred them for 36 months, effective from August 19, 2021, for tender fraud.
An investigation conducted by the Bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that the company and its MD had engaged in fraudulent practices for the design and build works for Nandi Hills Water Supply and Sanitation Project under the Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.
During the debarment period, the company, its affiliates and MD will be ineligible to participate in Bank Group-financed projects. Additionally, the debarment qualifies for cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions, including the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.
The water supply programme aims to improve access, quality, availability and sustainability of water supply in 19 towns and wastewater management services in 17 towns in Kenya. It is co-financed by the African Development Fund, an entity of the African Development Bank Group, and the Government of Kenya.