Suspended Geothermal Development Corporation (GDC) boss Silas Simiyu has claimed powerful forces in the energy sector are to blame for graft allegations against him.
Dr Simiyu who is accused of procurement irregularities involving Sh2 billion, also blamed politicians whom he said wanted to siphon cash from the company.
Dr Simiyu warned that if the powerful forces in the energy sector and their political allies were not reined in, the cost of power will start rising again.
â€œAll this must be understood in the context of a hunger by powerful people to take control of the huge resources (Sh64.2 billion) that the management has secured,â€ he said in a statement.
The power firm boss is among parastatal heads suspended by President Uhuru Kenyatta more than a week ago in a purge of public officers being investigated by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The firm is being investigated on allegations of procurement irregularities in the purchase of rigs and mismanagement at the firm.
But yesterday, Dr Simiyu said tendering for the rigs was done by the GDC and African Development Bank, with approval from the ministry of Energy and the National Treasury.
CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH
â€œEverything was done above board and if there were any questions, the process would have been stopped by the bank. The bank even paid the suppliers directly because our finance department is not well developed,â€ he said.
â€œIf the GDC is corrupt, how come the Auditor-General has year in year out given its accounts a clean bill of health?
He said donors finance the GDC projects because it follows procurement procedures. Donors who have pledged up to Sh200 billion this financial year include the AfDB, World Bank, United Kingdom, French Development Agency, China Exim Bank and the German government-owned KFW development bank.
It is this huge funding, he claimed, that is attracting powerful forces.
â€œThat so much money is available has created a lot of interest in people who think they should manage this mega dollar industry,â€ he claimed.
He was referring to investors in expensive diesel generated power and independent power producers who have been adversely affected by GDCâ€™s growing role in power generation. The government last month reduced diesel-generated power to the national grid from 38 per cent to 10 per cent.