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Kazungu Kambi refutes NSSF scandal reports

07 January 2014, 12:04

Nairobi - The Cabinet Secretary for Labour, Kazungu Kambi, has denied claims of a multi-billion scandal at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) as alleged by the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU).

Kambi argued that there is no scandal at the organisation, adding that the KES 5 billion in question was approved by five out of the six members of its board of trustees.

COTU Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, had earlier alleged impropriety on NSSF’s part saying the approval was done while a board member was overseas.

He alleged that the manner in which the approval was sought from the five members was inappropriate since it was done through email and telephone conversations.

Nonetheless, Kambi refuted the allegation the approval was scandalous.

“I vowed to fight corruption and I have started fighting it at the Ministry of Labour the same way I did at the Ministry of Health,” said Kambi.

He pledged his commitment to tackle corruption and call for a multi-stakeholder approach.

“I call upon all Kenya to cooperate in dealing with the vice,” he added.

The project at the centre of the controversy comprises putting up roads and sewerage systems at Tassia Estate, which was sold to private developers by the fund.

The tender was given to Chinese construction firm China Jiangxi International at a cost of KES 5.053 billion.

Atwoli had called on the president to sack both the Chairman of the fund, Adan Mohamed and Kambi.

“I call upon the president in his on wisdom to sack the Chairman of the board and the Cabinet Secretary for Labour,” Atwoli said earlier.

- CAJ News

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