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Government will deliver laptops: Kaimenyi

24 September 2014, 19:18 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government will deliver on the promised laptops scheme, Education secretary Jacob Kaimenyi has said.

The laptop project has been hit with controversy, with the government failing to hit a March deadline for delivery due to issues with the tendering process.

India's Olive Technologies, which had been awarded the tender was declared unfit to deliver by parliament and the public procurement board.

The process itself has been declared a sham and tendering will begin afresh as announced Wednesday by a three judge bench at the High Court.

Speaking after the announcement of the ruling over the process, Kaimenyi said that it was disappointing not to have started the project by now but that the government will deliver.

" Yes, it is a setback to the project but the government will follow the ruling by the High Court and obey it ", he said.

Read also: Laptop tendering process unlawful: High Court

" We will start the process afresh and hopefully deliver it to Kenyans as soon as possible ", he added.

Kaimenyi added that the government had not lost focus on its objectives as regards the project.

" We promised Kenyans laptops in our manifesto and they will be handed out in due course. That has and will always be part of the plan, he added.

The project has been criticized in the past by the opposition over its cost and sustainability in the country considering the lack of structures at ground level in terms of electricity and support networks.

The tender will cost a combined KES 22.4 billion to roll out.

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