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World Bank wasn't consulted over raiway tender

13 March 2014, 09:26 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Kenya Railways Corporation(KRC) admitted before the Parliamentary Public Investment Committee(PAC) that it did not inquire from the World Bank on why China Roads and Bridges Corporation(CRBC) was blacklisted from taking the bank’s projects across the world before awarding it the KES 447 billion Mombasa- Nairobi railway construction project.

The KRC  Managing Director, Athanas Maina said that they only wrote to the Chinese embassy regarding the blacklist allegations where the office refuted the claims.

Maina told PAC that the corporation did not bother writing to the Bretton wood institution “because we know they won’t give us the information.”

“We did not write to the world bank because they do not respond and if they do, they are guided by the confidentiality principal,” said Maina before the Committee chaired by Aldai MP, Hon. Cornelly Serem.

Maina added that the corporation had checked with the Public Procurement Oversight Authority but CRBC did not appear as one of the firms debarred by the financial institution.

This response put the corporation on the spot with committee members who then questioned KRC's top brass the motive in the tender award.

“The procurement agency has complained about the activities of the CRBC before this committee and you are saying that they cleared the firm over the World Bank allegations. Did you attempt to get a response from the bank?" questioned Serem.

The KRC management then gave an undertaking to seek the supply of the information from the lending institution and update the committee.

The Committee revealed that the bank suspended CRB from undertaking any of its  financed road projects across the world for eight years from 2008 and has since been kicked out of carrying out 10 such projects in Ethiopia.

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