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Rotich to appear before house commitee on railway tender probe

21 January 2014, 13:44

Nairobi - The Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, Henry Rotich, will be the next government official to appear before the Public Investments Committee (PIC) as the probe into the Standard Gauge Railway project that was awarded to China Road and Bridge Construction continues.

Rotich was schedule to appear later on Tuesday.

Transport Permanent Secretary, Nduva Muli, who was the Managing Director for Kenya Railway Corporation when the feasibility study and the tendering process was carried out, will appear before the committee on Monday next week.

The Former Treasury and Transport Ministers, Amos Kimunya and Chirau Mwakwere, will also later appear before the committee.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary for Transport Eng. Michael Kamau, has appeared before the parliamentary committee on Monday.

Among the issues that the PIC probed include the conducting of feasibility study for the project, the tendering process and the insurance component of the loan extended by the government of China to the government of Kenya on a government to government basis.

PIC chair, Adan Keynan, asked Kamau why there had to be an insurance element on the loan for the project saying that reflected mistrust between China and Kenya.

Kamau was at pains to explain the reasoning behind the insurance element on the loan.

“The loan which makes up 85 percent of the projects cost will be repaid at an interest of 3.8 percent over 15 years with a grace period of 5 years during the duration of construction period,” said Kamau.

The PIC also learnt that the Public Procurement and Disposal Act (2005) was not followed during the tendering process for the standard gauge railway.

Kamau said that the law was set aside since it was a government-to-government contract.

The committee was not convinced and wanted the cabinet secretary to explain why the advice of the attorney general was not followed.

Kamau argued it had always been the case when dealing with donor funding whereby donor conditions were preferred to existing laws.

– CAJ News



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