Parliament seeks clarity on railway tender

By: Samuel Kisika 2014-01-21 07:15 Nairobi - The Parliamentary Public Investment Committee(PIC) directed the management of the Kenya Railways Corporation(KRC) and Public Procurement Oversight Authority(PPOA) to clarify on the award of the controversial railway construction tender to China Roads and Bridge Construction Company(CRBCC).

PIC's Chairman, Aden Keynan, asked PPOA's Director Gemeral, Morris Juma, and KRA's Managing Director, Alfred Matheka to appear before the Committee in a week's time with consistent clarification on conflicting responses issues raised into the tender award probing.

"From your controversial responses before this Committee concerning MOUs signed between the Republics of China and Kenya on the standard gauge railway tender, it is not clear whether it was a Government-Government agreement or with a private Chinese entity," noted Keynan.

"For example no Government-Government financial treaty involves an insurance company as realized in the tender MOU. This simply shows you were not prepared to deliver factual information to this Committee, and we guarantee you seven days to come up with adequate and reliable information into this matter," he added.

Keynan warned the Directors against giving misleading and cooked information in the investigation of the controversial rail tender since it was the taxpayer's money that would go to waste if not properly probed. 

From the Directors' responses to legal procedures of tender award, Keynan stated that they disregarded the Attorney General's lawful advice of procurement, and went their own way to transact with a private Chinese entity for the controversial railway construction.

He assured legal action will be taken against any public officer found liable of attempting to misappropriate public funds in the procedural  railway tender award.