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MPs want Kaimenyi sacked over laptop tender

12 March 2014, 16:39 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - A section of members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education have vowed to table a censure motion in Parliament against the Education Cabinet Secretary, Jacob Kaimenyi over the 'botched' laptop project.

The members led by Awendo MP, Hon. Jared Opiyo faulted Kaimenyi of disregarding their concerns regarding the controversial tendering of the laptops.

"The committee had raised serious concerns with regard to the procurement process both in our committee meetings and even with the media yet the cabinet secretary hurriedly, arrogantly and without regard to concerns raised by members went ahead to award the tender," said Opiyo.

Opiyo noted that the committee had raised concerns regarding Olive Telecommunications PVT Ltd, the company that won the laptop tender award, on its operational background as they doubted its capacity to supply the huge number of laptops.

"The committee had also on numerous occasions demanded to be furnished with due diligence report that was conducted on Olive Telecommunications PVT Ltd which the ministry bluntly refused to avail to the committee," stated Opiyo.

The Awendo legislator also said the committee's move to table a censure motion against Kaimenyi is because of holding it in contempt, giving misleading information on the tendering process and withholding useful information from the committee with ulterior motive.

The committee members called on President Kenyatta to sack the Education CS before tabling the censure motion for contributing to corruption and tarnishing the government's efforts of fighting the vice.

The members further lauded the Public Procurement Oversight Board's bold move of cancelling the tender saying that it has saved billions of the taxpayer's money that would have gone to waste.

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