By African Times Special Correspondent
Fresh details emerged from the Harambee
Annex puzzle where former Cabinet Secretary
Rashid Echesa is a key suspect in plotting 39
billion Kenya shillings in a fake tender deal
involving Poland based arms dealer, Eco
Advanced Technologies LLC.
It is also alleged that close family members of
the Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto were
allegedly involved in the alleged mega scandal
in the Country where Complainant are
The lucky Primary School dropout who was
elevated to the position of a Cabinet Secretary
through political links and later
Rashid Echesa was arrested on the eve of
Valentine Thursday 13th February 2020,
following a complaint by two gun dealers who
claimed he had swindled them Sh11.5 million
they had paid as ‘consultancy fees.
They claimed that the former CS had allegedly
promised to use his relationship with the
Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto to help
them secure the multi-billion shillings security
tender to supply the government of Kenya with
military surveillance equipment, guns, and
According to an officer at the Director of
Criminal investigations (DCI) headquarters
who’s identity will not be revealed to avoid
jeopardising ongoing investigations.
The Preliminary investigations have revealed
that the former CS Rashid Echesa was not
acting alone in the fraud that reads like a
Hollywood script, but was allegedly being aided
by senior officers at the Deputy President office
Harambee House Annex and alleged Kenyan
Consular in Poland.
It all started at the exclusive Raffles Europejski
Hotel in the heart of Warsaw, Poland where it is
alleged Rashid Echesa first met representatives
from Eco Advanced Technologies LLC.
And after establishing contact, Echesa, returned
to Kenya supposedly to facilitate the tendering
process and preparation of the contract
Eco Advanced Technologies LLC invited him
again to Poland for a second meeting where
two agents were appointed to represent the firm
in the deal.
The disturbing information going round alleges
that Rashid Echesa was accompanied by close
family member of Deputy President William and
Top Senior staff at Harambee Annex where it is
also alleged that both were hosted at Sofitel
Warsaw Victoria Hotel in Warsaw for several
It is alleged that in the Preliminary
investigations revealed that the close family
the Deputy President had traveled to Poland as
a Government Official under the invitation of his
Immediate family member who is Kenya’s
A Chargee D’Affaires (CDA)
is a diplomat who heads an embassy in the
absence of the ambassador.
Such a role is usually created when two
countries do not have full diplomatic relations.
A series of trips followed and the company is
alleged to have paid the consultancy fee of Sh
11.5 million that was directly wired to Echesa’s
It’s is after this payment the representatives of
Eco Advanced Technologies arrived in Nairobi
and were hosted at one of the Controversial
Hotel belonging to influential top politician over
land where it was built for several days before
the alleged con-game hit the fan.
This went awry and the alleged con-game was
blown apart, with Mr Echesa being arrested and
interrogated at the Director of Criminal
investigations (DCI) headquarters on Thursday
13th February 2020 along Kiambu Road.
The officials of the Eco Technologies is alleged
met ‘military officials’ and were given access to
the DP’s office, where it is also alleged they
signed the tender documents with a Ministry of
Defence where it is also alleged that the newly
appointed Cabinet Secretary for Defence Signed
the alleged documents before they were picked
They met a military ‘general’ with a swagger
stick and who was driven in escorts and top-of-
the-range vehicles and they walked into the
DP’s office Harambee Annex mingling with
staffers and security detail made the deal look
But in the back of their mind, “something was
not right” but they trusted their contact persons.
The company is based both in Poland and the
US and it’s representatives were to supply,
install, commission and maintain an integrated
communication and security surveillance
system on behalf of the Kenya Defence Forces.
One of the company representatives, an
Egyptian who gave their account of the story
the investigators on Thursday, said the request
deal was initiated via an e-mail sent to the firm
through the website months ago.
He said they had done due diligence ahead of
Thursday’s planned meeting and eventual
According to the DCI, the tender documents of
the said deal were found in the former CS’s car
following a search conducted after his arrest
around 10am East Africa Time .
He said though there were plans to meet the DP,
the meeting never took place since, in the last
meeting, Mr. Echesa stepped out of the office to
answer a call only to come back and allegedly
said that the DP was in a meeting.
Senator James Orengo has called for the office
of the Deputy President to be sealed, vacated
as a crime scene until the Director of Criminal
Investigation complete their investigation.
While the Lugari National Assembly
Representative Ayub Savula has called for the
Deputy President to present himself to Director
of Criminal investigations to record Statement
over the alleged scam.
The controversial politician, who was sacked
from his Cabinet position by President Kenyatta
in March last year, has had several collisions
with the law, this being his second arrest in nine
months after his arrest over the killings in
He was arrested alongside Kakamega Senator
Cleophas Malala and Mayoni MCA Libinus
Their arrest happened after a gang killed more
than 30 people in less than four months, in
attacks believed to have been financed by local
The CS was later released after two days of
interrogation, on claims that no evidence was
found linking the former CS to the killings.
In January last year, the politician was accused
of human trafficking after eight Pakistani and
one Indian belly dancers, who were found at
Balle Balle club in Parklands without valid
documents, were linked to him.
The dancers had been flown into the country
through special permits issued to them by the
former CS under Cultural dances coming to
perform in the Country.
They were later deported for engaging in
activities outside what had been specified in
their entry documents.
Those arrested include former CS Rashid
Echesa and his three accomplices Mr.
Clifford Okoth, Mr. Kennedy Oyoo Mboya, and
Mr. Daniel Otieno Omondi.