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Safaricom tender given clean bill of health

10 July 2014, 14:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The KES 14.9 billion Safaricom surveillance tender has been given a clean bill of health by the Public Procurement Oversight Authority PPOA.

The tender has been under severe scrutiny since it was revealed that it was single sourced and not put through a competitive bidding process by government.

Parliament has engaged with the relevant authorities on why the deal should go through despite not passing through acceptable standards but that has now been put to bed by PPOA's verdict.

PPOA deputy director Jane Njoroge was grilled as to why there was no competitive tendering process but she insisted that it was the best deal possible.

" We have gone through every possible scenario in this deal and we are confident it is the best for the country, she told the parliamentary committee on National Security.

On his part, Interior Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo insisted that the deal was above water and the best for the government, saying that there was urgency in awarding the contract.

" There has been increased need for pushing through with the tender considering the state of terror and insecurity in the country.

" That said, we have consulted thoroughly and there is no doubt in our mind that this is the best deal for the country.

Parliament has suspended the tender award to Safaricom claiming that it should have been put through a competitive tendering process.

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