Kambi suspends controversial KES 5 billion Tassia project
15 January 2014, 08:20
Nairobi - The controversial KES 5 billion Tassia project that had been awarded to a Chinese firm by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has been suspended.
According to Labour Cabinet Secretary, Kazungu Kambi, he took the move to give the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) time to carry out investigations on the alleged fraud during the tendering of the project, The Standard reports.
The alleged fraud was revealed by Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli.
Atwoli stated that it was inappropriate for the NSSF board to resort to approval of projects through circulation of emails, a sentiment that had been shared by another member of the board, Jane Mugo the chairperson of Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).
“The email circulation cannot constitute a board approval of expenditure of KES 5 Billion of NSSF funds,” said Mugo.
The Acting Managing Director for NSSF, Richard Langat, and the Cabinet Secretary for Labor, Kazungu Kambi, however denied the existence of a scandal at NSSF saying that the approval of the project by circulation was not a new thing at NSSF.
The project whose budget was enhanced was to put up roads and sewerage systems of the pension body’s Tassia Estate which is to be sold.
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