Parliament demands answers to Tassia II project
17 January 2014, 15:14
Nairobi - The Parliamentary Committee on Labor is demanding answers to why the budget for Tassia II project escalated from KES 4.6 billion to KES 5.053 billion.
A defensive NSSF board chair, Aden Mohamed explained to the committee that the new figure was reached after the developer included all costs likely to be incurred after for the entire duration of the development.
Mohamed added that the award of the tender to China Jiangxi was not improper as had been implied by the Secretary General for Central Organization of Trade Unions, Francis Atwoli.
“The contract for the development of sewage system and road access was awarded to China Jiangxi since it was the lowest bidder for the project,” said Mohamed.
Mohamed said that since NSSF was the legal land owner, Nairobi County government instructed them to build the entire infrastructure on the land before giving title deeds to buyers.
“In so doing, we were trying to regularize a hopeless situation. 350 acres of land was grabbed,” said Mohamed.
He went on to explain that the decision to sell the land at a cost of KES 2.5 billion was was done to cut the losses from an already hopeless situation after NSSF’s land had already been grabbed.
The committee hearing continued on Friday as the tribunal seeks to uncover the truth about the Tassia II project.
Atwoli was set to appear before the committee.
– CAJ News