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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. 

– CAJ News


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