House committee not yet done with rail project probe
30 January 2014, 15:16
Nairobi - Parliament's Public Investments Committee chairman, Adan Kaynan, said the members had not reached conclusions on the probe of the Standard Gauge Railway project tender.
Kaynan said the committee was still conducting investigations in line with the Constitution, which mandates the legislature with oversight role on public finance.
“Article 1 of the constitution bestows sovereignty on to representation of the people same as article 94,” said Kaynan.
He added that Parliament should resolve all matters of concern to all Kenyans and the project is a matter of great importance to the people of Kenya.
“There is no other place to determine the truth of the project than the elected representatives of the people,” said Keynan.
His sentiments come hot on the heels of President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing the nation on Monday when he said the project will go on as scheduled.
Kaynan said the President was executing his mandate within the executive arm of government and therefore he did not believe that the President ignored the committee’s job.
Kaynan said that the legislature and the judiciary were the two other arms of government and there was a separation of powers with the national assembly playing its oversight role.
He said the committee would exercise its mandate without any partisan interest and would table its report before Parliament.
Different officials interviewed by the committee have given different costs of the project that runs from Mombasa to Nairobi.
The official government position, according to the President, is KES 327 billion.
– CAJ News