PIC wants Sh43bn pipeline deal halted

July 2, 2014
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PIC Chairman Adan Keynan said the process leading to the award of the contract was suspect and its implementation should wait until emerging issues are cleared/FILE
PIC Chairman Adan Keynan said the process leading to the award of the contract was suspect and its implementation should wait until emerging issues are cleared/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 2 – The Public Investment Committee (PIC) of the National Assembly on Wednesday recommended that government to suspends the implementation Sh43 billion contract awarded by Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) to a Lebanese firm.

PIC Chairman Adan Keynan said the process leading to the award of the contract was suspect and its implementation should wait until emerging issues are cleared.

“This committee advises the government to suspend the implementation of this project until all emerging issues are sorted out,” Keynan said after KPC Managing Director Charles Tanui failed to honour the seventh invitation to appear before the committee.

The House watchdog has further directed the Auditor General to conduct a special forensic audit to determine the financial prudence of the mega deal.

The Public Procurement and Oversight Authority (PPOA) has also been ordered to furnish the House team with the details of the tendering process, after PPOA cleared the tender process to pave way for the signing of the contract.

Keynan directed the office of the Clerk of the National Assembly to issue summons requiring the KPC Managing Director to appear before it next Tuesday.

“Part of the roles of PIC is to interrogate and examine the commercial viability of all investments by public entities, and thus the MD must comply with this summons to appear and present to the committee the report on the tendering process,” he said.

Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa said there were controversies surrounding the tender, which include threat to a senior manager at KPC.

The senior manager with the Kenya Pipeline Company is living in fear after unknown people sent a parcel with a live bullet threatening him with death. He also received a condolence card consoling him over his “bereavement”.

“Someone wants to make serious decisions and then bring them to this committee for interrogations but we are saying that as a Committee we have to move with speed to stop anything they want to do so as to circumvent this Committee,” Funyula MP Paul Otuoma said in support of his chairman.

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