, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has once again hit out at the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Board of Trustees over the infrastructure development project for the Tassia II settlement scheme.
Atwoli argued that a project worth billions of shillings should not have been approved through email exchanges as was done by the NSSF Board of Trustees, so as to safeguard and authenticate it.
He added that the only reason why he did not respond to the proposal was because he was out of the country and he did not see the e-mail exchanges until he got back to the country.
Five out of six trustees approved the project worth billions with the exemption of Atwoli who neither approved nor rejected it.
Those who approved it were the Finance Secretary Mutua Kilaka, Labour Principal Secretary Ali Noor Ismail, NSSF Acting Managing Trustee Richard Langat, NSSF Trustee Chairman Adan Daud and Federation of Kenya Employers Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Mugo.
“We are hesitant and not ready to be duped into any blatant lies in the Acting Managing Trustee’s explanation of the tender process and Board approvals as the law is clear,” Atwoli argued on Thursday.
“Board approvals are by resolution where members take a vote not by circulation. This is itself fraud and he (Langat) is lying to the public.”
He has also raised concern over the manner in which the Fund hopes to settle the developers’ fee in the event that the plot owners are unable to raise the Sh920,000 that the NSSF is now demanding.
The dwellers were supposed to pay Sh650,000 but the figure has again been raised to Sh920,000 by the Fund.
Atwoli added that it was fraudulent for the Fund to wilfully increase the payments without any warning saying it was unfair for the settlers.
A source within the Fund had earlier told Capital FM News that those who default on their payments risked losing their properties.
“There was no such communication from the Fund nor had there been any request for the process to be completed in a period of two days even without involving the plot owners who are now the tenants,” he explained.
The trustees had approved the project at a cost of Sh5.053 billion and hope to get this money through the Sh920,000 to be charged per plot.
However this means that if each of the 5,500 plots raises the required money, a total of about Sh5.06 billion which will also be able to cover the Sh4.629 that will be charged by China Jiangxi International Limited for developing infrastructure in the area, will be raised.