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Top government officials summoned over controversial rail project

09 January 2014, 19:38 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - A parliamentary committee has summoned a number of government officials to shed light on the controversy ridden KES 1 trillion Mombasa-Malaba railway project.

The project has drawn differing reactions from stakeholders over its cost and tendering process, with plenty arguing that it has been overpriced and that the tendering process was not properly done.

Parliament's committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing has thus summoned Attorney General Githu Muigai, the Chief of Staff in the office of the Deputy President Marianne Kitany, Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich and the principal secretary for Infrastructure Nduva Muli to shed light on the project. The Director General of Public Procurement Oversight Authority and the Managing Director of Kenya Railways have also been called upon to meet the committee.

According to committee chair Maina Kamanda, the officials will be required to visit the committee beggining 16 January to answer to several allegations over the award of the tender.

Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and Bungoma senator Moses Wetangula who have traded accusations of malpractice in the tender award will also be asked to appear before the committee to hand in their input.

" We will require all the named public officials to come over and explain the finer details of the deal as we aim to find out if there were indeed any malpractices in the tender award, Kamanda said.

He further added that any other member of parliament or public official is free to provide any evidence that may be seen necessary to provide answers to the ongoing puzzle.

- News24

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