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Atwoli against tender award by e-mail

07 February 2014, 11:10

Nairobi - Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, has again criticized the controversial Tassia II project saying the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) should not have authorized the tender by electronic mail.

“I do not think there is any trustee who in his right mind can accept an email on approval of billions like that without questioning,” said Atwoli during the Public Investment Committee hearing of the pension fund’s project for the development of sewage system and road access in Tassia II.

Atwoli told the committee that it was the first time that a project was approved by way of circulation of email.

He had earlier said that the he received the email while he was abroad and never approved of it.

Among the members of the NSSF board of trustees, it is only Atwoli and Jaqueline Mugo the Chair of Federation of Kenya Employers who represents the interests of employers at the board, who were opposed to the mode of approval and the project in general, he said.

Atwoli, who chairs NSSF’s Finance and Investments committee, said that NSSF did not have a budgetary allocation for the funding of the Tassia II project.

“This is a criminal case and if anybody cares about Kenyan workers, these people should have been arrested long ago,” said Atwoli.

The Tassia II project was on land owned by NSSF but which was sub-divided and sold to private developers as un-serviced plots.

The Nairobi City County however instructed NSSF to install sewerage systems and develop access roads in the land as part of the requirements.

Hearings on the Tassia II project  by the Public Investments Committee are ongoing.

– CAJ News

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