Ruaka man arrested for winning construction tender without valid professional documents

By Sheila Mutua On Thu, 22 Apr, 2021 14:05 | < 1 min read
Ferdinard Wamalwa Wenani, fake engineer
Fedinard Wamalwa Wenani accused of masquerading as an engineer.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with ‘practicing as an engineer without a valid certificate contrary to the law’.

Fedinard Wamalwa Wenani who is alleged to have built an incomplete Dormitory at Kamuriai Secondary School in Teso North Sub-county has been charged at Milimani Law Courts.

Particulars of the offence are that in February 18, 2018 at an unknown place within the republic of Kenya, he engaged in the practice of engineering by signing a tender for the construction of a dormitory at the said school without a valid licence from Engineers Board of Kenya.

According to investigations reports, the accused person on January 18, 2018 signed a tender contract between Starlem International Limited and Kamuriai Secondary School for the construction of a dormitory.

In February, 14 2021 the accused person wrote a letter to the school for acceptance of the tender, proposed supply of labour for the construction of the dormitory at the school and signed the same as ‘Engineer Wamalwa’ and was paid ksh500,000 for start. The total cost was allegedly ksh700,000.

As construction kicked off, one Levi Okubasu emerged as the ‘real owner’ of Starlem International Limited. He reported the matter at DCI for investigations, and when an investigating officer wrote a letter to engineer Board of Kenya inquiring whether Engineer Wamalwa was a registered Engineer, he received a letter from the board saying that no such engineer was in their records. 

Wamalwa pleaded not guilty before Nairobi Magistrate Bernard Ochoi and was released on a cash bail of ksh100,000 or bond of ksh 400,000. The matter is to be mentioned after 14 days.

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