Who is Willbroad Gatei Gachoka and the 4B KEMSA Scandal Mastermind?

Mr. Willbroad Gatei Gachoka (alias William Gatei Muiruri) who was fired as KPCU Chair by President Uhuru on 18th December 2019 after Graft Probe by DCI

Willbroad Gatei Gachoka (alias William Gatei Muiruri) is son of Philip Muiruri Gachoka, brother of the ever inebriated Tony Gachoka and right hand man of David Murathe who is no stranger to controversy. Mr. Gatei was fired by President Kenyatta on 18th December 2019 as Chairman of KPCU after DCI implicated his board of corruption.

CS Peter Munya, who was in charge of Co-operatives, accused Mr. gachoka and the leadership of KPCU of stripping KPCU’s assets and only catering for their own allowances at the expense of farmers. Tellingly, KPCU, which had Sh. 5 Billion wirth of assets in 2014 when Gachoka took over was under receivership when he left in December 2019.

Within of 60 days of his sacking as KPCU Chairman over graft and while DCI was still probing how the Union’s Sh. 5 Billion assets fizzled in 3 years of his Board’s tenure, Mr. Gachoka was already working on how to siphon more billions in public money under the guise of Covid-19.

On 22nd January 2020, Wilbroad Gatei Gachoka registered Kilig Limited together with a Chinese National Zhu Jinping of P.O. Box 36814-00200 Nairobi. The postal address used for the company was that of Mr. Gachoka, namely P.O. Box 6077-00200, Nairobi. The two directors were equal shareholders each with 1 ordinary share in the company.

Social media activist Robert Alai on Monday, in a tweet, alleged that Willbroad Gate Gachoka was acting as Personal Assistant of Jubilee Party Deputy Chairman David Murathe. He challenged the well-known President Uhuru’s to deny the allegations but David Murathe is yet to respond to this latest development.

Earlier, Daily Nation’s Paul Wafula reported “The Nation Investigations Desk has established that the actual beneficial owner of the company (Kiliq) is a vocal Jubilee politician, who has made his billions by securing contracts from government agencies and selling them to companies in exchange for 10 per cent cut.”

The report added, “We cannot name the politician, despite various confirmations by top executives at the drug agency, without running afoul with the defamation law, since his name and signature do not appear on any documentation.” Given the speculation the matter has attracted in social media, Mr. David Murathe may need to clear the air.

On 16th June 2020, Kiliq Limited subcontracted a company by the name Entec Technology Company Ltd of P.O. Box 37925-00100 Nairobi to deliver PPE kits to KEMSA from China at the price of USD. 28,535,000 which at then prevailing Dollar to shilling exchange rate of Ksh. 105.2 translated to Ksh. 3 Billion.

Kiliq Limited having brokered the tender from KEMSA at Ksh. 4 Billion, it means Mr. Willbroad Gathei Gachoka and his proxies were planning to cost the Kenyan tax payers a whooping Ksh. 1 Billion for merely being middle men in the deal. This is even above the 10% kickback that Chinese tender brokers are famed to receive being 25%.

As per the commercial contract between Kiliq Limited and Entec Technology, the latter was required to deliver the PPE sets in two-batches with first installment of 200,000 kits expected on 28th June 2020 and the second installment of 239,000 sets due on 10th July 2020. The law requires directly procured goods to be delivered within a month.

To underscore the passive role of Mr. Gachoka and his proxies in the deal, the Kiliq was to enter Escrow Account Management Agreement (EAMA) with Entec Technology which allowed the latter to be prioritized by the bank once payments were received from KEMSA after delivery of the goods.

Entec Technology provides the account details where its payments was to be forwarded by Kiliq Limited once it received the money from KEMSA in the escrow account. The account USD and KSH Account is held at Stanbic Bank, Westgate Branch. The persons behind Entec Technology need to be unmasked by EACC.

Things did not go according to plan and by mid July 2020 when KEMSA was supposed to be making payments for the delivered PPEs to the escrow account, the matter was a Scandal. KEMSA was on the spot after a special audit unearthed procurement and financial irregularities that put at risk over Sh100 billion of donor funds.

The Senate Health Committee has since written to KEMSA stating that it had “taken note of numerous concerns raised by county governments and health workers’ unions regarding the quality and cost of goods supplied by KEMSA in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).”

In an Internal Memo seen by The Nation, KEMSA Procurement Director Charles Juma accuses his CEO Dr Jonah Manjari of issuing commitment letters for supply of Covid-19 items amounting to Sh7.6 billion against an approved budget of Sh4.6 billion.

Mr Juma alleges that KEMSA may have abused direct procurement in procuring kits from Kiliq to avoid competition. According to him, given the emergency of Covid-19, the agency should only have bought enough PPE kits to meet the short-term needs and embarked on a proper procurement process to ensure Kenyans get value for money.

Details of possible fraud and cover up on the part of Mr. Willbroad Gatei Gachoka and his proxies have since emerged raising many unanswered question. For instance, a search done on 3rd August 2020 reveals the sole director of Kiliq Limited as Ivy Minyow Onyango, a 30-year old Advocate admitted to the bar last year.

The questions many Kenyans are asking is why Mr. Gachoka and his Chinese business partner Mr. Zhu Jinping suddenly decided to offload their shares and directorship in Kiliq Limited to a little-known girl. It appears there was conspiracy to direct the attention of Kenyans away from the real culprits to a wild goose chase.

However, in the rush to change the shareholding and directorship of Kiliq Limited and cover his tracks, Mr. Willbroad Gatei Gachoka left his personal Safaricom number as the contact of the company. He wiill be hard-pressed to explain what his Mpesa number is doing being the registered contact of a company owned by a total stranger.

All this has left many Kenyans wondering who are the proxies of Mr. Willbroad Gachoka and why all the effort to keep them out of the limelight. The claim in the media reports that KEMSA has since cancelled the 4 Billion tender were not confirmed or denied by the agency in its statement Tuesday to justify the pricing of the PPE kits.

The attention is now on the Senate Health Committee where KEMSA bosses are pending grilling to shed light on this emerging scandal which has captured the imagination of the nation. Kenyans are waiting to see if Willbroad Gatei Gachoka and Ms. Ivy Minyow Onyango will reveal the real mastermind of the KEMSA scandal.

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