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Lease of life for Railway tender following parliament's approval

21 February 2014, 16:44 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The government has received a nod of approval after Parliament said the controversial standard gauge railway tender is clean and should proceed.

The approval was made by a parliamentary committee formed to probe the awarding of the KES 1.2 trillion railway tender to a Chinese firm.

According to findings of the Committee on Public Works and Housing led by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, there was no reason found to declare the tendering process unlawful.

He thus gave the government the green light to go on with the tender.

" After weeks of investigations and deep insight we have concluded that the tender is legal and can go on as planned by the government, he said in Parliament.

He further said that despite various reports of malpractice in the tendering process, his commitee had found no reason to prove beyond doubt that there needed to be a re-doing of the process.

" We also found no reason whatsoever to say that the tendering process be re-done as it has emerged that all the correct processes were followed.

As for complaints about the valuation of the tender, Kamanda too said that the government had provided enough backing to certify the figures.

" It is prudent that we stick to the facts and figures that are on display and to that effect, the government has proved that it has done the right thing, he added.

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