I Never Received Bribes As Alleged, Former KNEC Boss Paul Wasanga Now Says After Eacc Meeting

Paul Wasanga has denied ever receiving bribes as alleged by the Chickengate scandal report. The former Kenya National Examination Council boss denied receiving £5,000 (Sh705,000) as claimed in a report from a United Kingdom Court.

He explained that Knec had engaged other firms for printing apart from the UK based companies.

“For eight years the UK based companies printed the exam materials and they acquired the tender competitively. I am innocent,” he said.

Wasanga was speaking at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters after recording a statement at Integrity House on Friday. He hopes the EACC probe would help reveal the truth to Kenyans.

The former Knec CEO was interrogated a day after IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan appeared before the anti-graft body over the matter.

Hassan said that individuals implicated in the scandal should be allowed fair trial just like their UK counterparts.

EACC will use evidence from a UK court to prosecute IEBC officials allegedly involved in the scandal.

Energy CS Davis Chirchir who was also implicated is set to record statements with the EACC today.

The sales and marketing director of printing firm Smith & Ouzman was jailed for making corrupt payments to foreign officials including Kenyan officials.

Nicholas Charles Smith, 43, of Cavendish Avenue, was sentenced to three years, while his father Christopher John Smith, 71, the chairman of the company, was sentenced to 18 months – suspended for two years – in a “simple act of mercy” by the judge.

Judge David Higgins said there was “undoubtedly an element of tragedy” to the case.