Chinese firm faces corruption tender charges
02 January 2014, 15:12
Nairobi - A Chinese construction company is at the middle of allegations of corruption-ridden tendering processes after it secured some National Social Security Fund’s contracts.
The Jiangxi International Kenya Ltd has won the pension body’s tenders twice in what the local labour union termed as questionable circumstances.
The company is constructing a 39-storey Hazina Trade Centre, which is owned by NSSF as well as putting up roads and sewerage systems of the pension body’s Tassia Estate.
Confederation of Trade Union Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, however claimed that the task of putting up sewerage systems and roads belonged to the owners of the houses and not to the NSSF.
“The documentation showing how China Jiangxi International won the road and sewerage system construction tender is suspicious,” said Atwoli in his expose.
Atwoli blew the whistle on the KES 5 Billion scam where the pension fund’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Richard Langat and board of Trustees allegedly approved the a housing project in Nairobi’s Tassia Estate.
Attempts to reach China Jiangxi International for comment on the matter were unsuccessful.
China Jiangxi International was awarded the Hazina Trade Center contract at a cost of KES 6.7 billion despite a lower bid of KES 5.9 billion by China Wu Yi, another Chinese company.
The award of the tender raised eyebrows before Atwoli blew the whistle on the KES 5 billion sewerage and road pavement scam.
Among other projects being undertaken by China Jiangxi International is the KES 1.3 Billion ICPAK Complex on Thika Highway.
The 12-storey complex comprises office blocks, a shopping mall, a conference facility, hotel and furnished apartments.
– CAJ News