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Balala was right to cancel tender, says High Court

20 March 2015, 16:51 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala was right to cancel a mining tender handed out to a foreign firm, the High Court has ruled.

Balala in 2013 cancelled a mining tender awarded to Cortec LTD to mine niobrium at Kwale hills, together with 43 others, stating that the award was illegal and contravened the law.

Cortec had claimed that with the tender taken away, the firm stood to lose as much as KES 53 trillion in terms of pre agreed business and investments.

The firm also accused Balala of taking a KES 80 million bribe to rubber-stamp the deal.

Cortec also claimed that the National Environmental Management Authority NEMA, the Kenya Forest Service and the Kwale County Government had handed in approvals for the project.

Further, the firm wanted Balala to pay for damages related to the loss of potential business from revoking the tender and have it re-instated.

After the ruling by Justice Onesmus Mutungi, an elated Balala tweeted his delight.

" The High Court has found that my decision to cancel mining tenders was correct," delighted, he said.

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