Keter faults Standard Gauge Railway project tender
16 January 2014, 08:23
Nairobi - Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter has maintained that the tendering process for the construction the Standard Gauge Railway project was not done properly.
Speaking on Wednesday when he appeared before the Public Investments Committee, Keter said the tender should not have been awarded to China Road and Bridge Corporation, because it was the same firm that did a study to determine the cost of the project.
He said the firm did the feasibility study, designed the railway, determined the cost and later given the tender, hence the possibility of inflating the costs.
Keter said the government should save Kenyans’ money if it really cared for them.
Parliament's committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing is also expected to probe the tendering process of the project and has summoned Attorney General Githu Muigai, the Chief of Staff in the office of the Deputy President Marianne Kitany, Cabinet Secretary for Treasury Henry Rotich and the principal secretary for Infrastructure Nduva Muli to shed light on the project.
The Director General of Public Procurement Oversight Authority and the Managing Director of Kenya Railways have also been called upon to meet the committee.
According to committee chair Maina Kamanda, the officials will be required to visit the committee to answer to several allegations over the award of the tender.
“We will require all the named public officials to come over and explain the finer details of the deal as we aim to find out if there were indeed any malpractices in the tender award, Kamanda said.
He added that any other member of parliament or public official is free to provide any evidence that may be seen necessary to provide answers to the ongoing puzzle.