Battle 4 control Of Sh5.6bn eCitizen takes new twistDaily Nation #Webmasters_AfricaJune 16, 2019
Documents indicate that it was Webmasters Kenya, wholly owned by a Mr James Ayugi, which built the World Bank-funded eCitizen platform after being contracted by the government.
A few months later, a firm called Webmasters Africa approached Goldrock Capital and subcontracted the funds collection works to it.
It was Goldrock which registered an M-Pesa paybill number to which the Sh5.6 billion was sent to by Kenyans seeking government services.
But with questions raised on why a private firm was collecting money on behalf of the government — and where Treasury had no control — the National Treasury, in April last year, successfully ordered Safaricom to lock Goldrock out of the paybill number and ordered Mr Wachira’s firm to surrender all relevant documents relating to the account.
Court documents have now revealed that Webmasters Africa has 10 directors, including Mr Wachira and Mr Ayugi, indicating that all companies involved in the mysterious collection of funds are related.
Mr Ayugi insists that he negotiated the subcontracting works on behalf of Webmasters Africa.
He argues that Webmasters Kenya is a stranger to the subcontracting deal, despite admitting to having negotiated a subcontracting contract for eCitizen funds collection with Goldrock, on behalf of Webmasters Africa.
Mr Wachira, on his part, insists that Mr Ayugi told him that the subcontracting was done by Webmasters Africa on instruction by Webmasters Kenya.
“Sometime in July 2014, Webmasters Kenya approached Goldrock Capital to offer an end-to-end integrated mobile financial solution on the portal which Goldrock rolled out on November 20, 2014 after registration of paybill number 206206.
Treasury PS Thugge has, however, thrown a spanner in the works, arguing that Mr Ayugi wrote to the exchequer in June, 2017 admitting that Webmasters Kenya subcontracted Webmasters Africa to collect funds.