Jubilee Vice-chairman David Murathe appeared before the National Assembly Public Investments Committee (PIC) on Thursday to respond to accusations that he was a beneficiary of Ksh 4 Billion shillings tender from KEMSA.
In the grilling, Chen Chao, a Chinese national who is the CEO of Entec Technology limited said that he knew Murathe and Wilbroad Gachoka to be co-owners of Kilig company, which was given a tender to supply PPEs to KEMSA.
Wilbroad told the committee that he was no longer the CEO of Kilig and that he had sold it to Chen Chao’s team who were his friends, but did not put anything in writing.
“The people who bought the company are my friends, but I negotiated with one person. (David) Murathe was a guarantor because of his stature in society, as Chinese culture respects authority. Chinese would find it offensive to have something in writing,” Willbroad Gachoka said.
He also revealed that Murathe was only a guarantor for Kilig, and did not own the company.
Due to his powerful position in society, Murathe was taken as a signatory for Kilig’s bank accounts so that the company can be paid through his influential name.
“The company requested honorable Murathe to be an account signatory out of his stature in society, in order to guarantee payment,” wrote Gachoka in a sworn affidavit.
Led by Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang, the parliamentary committee asked how Murathe would guarantee the payment.
David Murathe, who was in attendance told the committee that he got no benefits from his association with Kilig given that he was only a bank guarantor and no delivery or invoice was made to the firm.
The Jubilee Vice-chair asked the committee why he was being questioned over Ksh 4 Billion yet Kilig submitted 50,000 PPEs worth only Kshs 9 Million as samples and no invoice was paid.