Government hands 'clean' in controversial railway tender
21 January 2014, 15:11
Nairobi - Transport Cabinet Secretary, Eng. Michael Kamau, once
again rose to the defence of the government over the controversial Standard
Gauge Railway Project.
He maintained his stance that the deal was an agreement
between Kenya and the Chinese government.
The defensive stance comes amid accusations that the government
awarded the multi-billion construction tender to a Chinese company without
subjecting the process to competitive bidding.
“The process that we have followed is the one that has
been followed all over all through,” said Kamau while appearing before the
Parliamentary Investment Committee.
However, the Cabinet Secretary was at pains explaining
why the government had failed to abide by the stipulated procurement rules on
awarding of the multi-billion railway project tender.
Transport Principle Secretary, Nduva Muli, also appeared
before the Adan Kaynan-led probe and was ordered to provide detailed
information on the railway deal.
Kaynan believes Muli, who was the former director of
Kenya Railways during the signing of the controversial railway project, has
relevant information needed by the probe team.
The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, The
China Roads and Bridges Corporation, which was awarded the tender, and the
Attorney General, Githu Muigai, were expected to face the probe later today.