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Kenya Ferry sued over tendering irregularities

08 January 2015, 09:51 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Mombasa ferry commuters have sued the Kenya Ferry Services for what they called breach of their personal care in a tender awarded to a company to supply two new ferries.

The application filed by two commuters, Abdalla Miraj and Peter Matangi, seek conservatory orders restraining the Kenya Ferry Services from issuing the tender and the contract to any company pending the hearing and determination of the case.

In the application, the petitioners said the tender was awarded to MOTO NGUVU E.A LTD which does not meet the international standards since it is a local based company.

They stated that the tender was awarded recklessly without putting into consideration the safety of the ferry commuters.

Miraj and Matangi also argued that the intended tendering process was marred with irregularities and was a breach of the constitution and public procurement process.

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“The KFS had violated the constitution in the processing and the tendering for the acquiring of the new ferries,” Matangi complained.

The petitioners said the company does not meet the standards capacity and resources required to supply the two ferries to KFS.

In a sworn affidavit, Miraj said the tendering process was unlawful since the KFS had failed to conduct site visits of the bidders to ascertain their capabilities before awarding them the contract.

Miraj further said in his affidavit that he was entitled to a good ferry that meets the required standards as a ferry user.

This comes after KFS advertised for the ferry supply tender on December 2014.

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