The East African Portland Cement Company managing director, Zakayo ole Mapelu, has defended himself against allegations of corruption. Mapelu said he called the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission on Monday morning after reading about the corruption allegations in the media. The investigators are expected to look into claims of massive meddling in tendering and non-competitive recruitment of senior staff.
A minister is said to have pressed for and benefited from some of the deals that have now allegedly turned out to be too expensive and ruinous to the company. Among the claims is that a senior employee influenced the purchase of a Sh480 million worth of clinker via an internet contract, despite two officers going to Turkey and India where they reportedly obtained better deals.
It is also alleged that EAPC awarded a Sh164 million contract to transport the clinker from the Mombasa to its factory at Athi River to a company associated with a senior board member. Mapelu countered the claim by saying decisions were made by the board of directors.