Kenya: Spotlight on EAPCC in tyre bribery scandal

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Updated Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:40:02 GMT

East African Portland Cement (EAPCC) has been named as one of the companies that received bribes in a tyre scandal. The Capital Markets Authority (CMA) said that it was willing to work with the government to establish the truth behind the allegations that EAPCC obtained bribes before awarding tyre contracts.

"The Authority is in the process of requesting further information from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to help in the investigations, after which appropriate determinations will be made," said the CMA. EAPCC bosses who headed the organisation in 2007 - 2011 will explain how the alleged bribery happened.

The scandal came to light recently after Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Company, which owned Treadsetters Tyres Ltd in Kenya, was ordered by the SEC to pay US$10.7m to the US Treasury after it was found liable for bribing public officials and private company bosses. According to documents from the SEC, the bribes paid by Goodyear amounted to more than US$1.5m in Kenya, while another US$1.6m was paid in exchange for contracts in Angola.

The report implicated unnamed employees from EAPCC, Telkom Kenya, Armed Forces Canteen Organisation, Kenya Ports Authority, Nzoia Sugar Company, the Kenya Air Force, Ministry of Roads and Ministry of State for Defence.