The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday announced an 18-month debarment of Rockey Africa Limited and its affiliates Aerospace Aviation, Eva-Top Agencies, Sony Commercial Agencies, Beta Trading Company, and Madujey Global Services.
All six companies are registered under the laws of Kenya.
The AfDB has also debarred for 24 months the chairman and chief executive officer of Rockey Africa Limited, Robert Kamau Wachira.
The bank said the debarments took effect from 5 August 2021.
An investigation conducted by the bank’s Office of Integrity and Anti-Corruption established that Rockey Africa Limited, its above-named affiliates, and Wachira, engaged in fraudulent practices in several tenders under the Support to Enhancement of Quality and Relevance in Higher Education, Science and Technology Project implemented in Kenya.
During the debarment periods, Rockey Africa Limited, its affiliates, and Wachira will be ineligible to participate in AfDB-financed projects.
Additionally, this debarment qualifies for cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions, including the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group.
At the expiry of the debarment periods, Rockey Africa Limited and its affiliates will only be eligible to resume participation in AfDB-financed projects after implementing integrity compliance programs consistent with the bank’s guidelines.
In the case of Wachira, he will only be eligible to participate in AfDB-financed projects after completing an accredited business integrity training.
The Support to Enhancement of Quality and Relevance in Higher Education, Science and Technology Project is aimed at increasing the number of qualified and skilled engineers in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 priorities for science, technology, and innovation.
The project is co-financed by the African Development Fund, an entity of the AfDB, and the government of Kenya.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).