Former Garissa water CEC, Muktar Bulale has linked his former boss, Governor Nathif Jama to the failure to follow procurement procedures in a contract with the Kenya Red Cross Society’s Emergency Plus to lease 7 ambulances in 2014.

Bulale who appeared as prosecution witness told senior Garissa magistrate Cosmas Maundu that that the governor pushed for the leasing of the ambulances.

Jama and six of his former tender committee members are charged with failing to comply with procurement procedures when they entered into a contract to lease the ambulances from the Kenya Red Cross Society’s Emergency Plus.

The former CEC told a packed court of how the process was ‘rushed through, done without requisite budgetary allocations and conducted without a proper cost benefit analyses.

Bulale had a rough time when defense lawyers led by Amunga Cohen took him to task with claims that he was testifying against the governor ‘to settle old scores’. Nathif sacked the CEC member two weeks before the case commenced.

Garissa governor Nathif Jama (centre) consults with his defense team lawyers Amunga Cohen (right) and Paul Nyaga (left) when he appeared in a Garissa court (file copy). Nathfi is charged together with 6 of his former tender committee members for irregularly leasing 7 ambulances from Kenya Red Cross Society’s Emergency Plus

Earlier, the court turned down request to allow the prosecution to use payment invoices from the Kenya Red Cross that had been presented by EACC financial analyst Timothy Wahome.

The magistrate said the documents could not be admitted as exhibits because their authenticity had been queried by the head of Kenya Red Cross Society’s Emergency Plus when she testified that they could not be relied upon by the court.

Wahome told the court they (EACC) had depended on the documents to approximate the total amount of the deal under scrutiny amounted to a little over Sh 70 million.

Amunga argued that the analyst could not be taken to task to answer for the details in the documents since the EACC was not its original author.

Prosecution counsel Omondi Opondo asked the court to allow the prosecution to recall the head of Kenya Red Cross Society’s Emergency Plus to the stand. She had testified as the fifth witness.

This was also opposed by the defense who argued it would drag out the court process and give grounds for a mistrial.

The governor’s co-accused and who are members of the committee are Rahma Dekow, Jawahir Keinan, Abdi Sahal, Safia Mohamed, Mohamed Hassan and Mohamud Hassan Mohamed.

The hearing resumes on May 25 and 26 next week.