, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 15 – Officials at the Transport Ministry who have been awarding contracts to suppliers irregularly have been put on notice, with the Cabinet Secretary warning they will be charged in court.
Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau pointed out that reports had been made of some employees fraudulently awarding contracts and extorting money from members of the public seeking services.
“In the stock market there is a vice known as insider trading where the people within maliciously manipulate activities of the market and unfortunately it is starting to show itself in the ministry.”
“I warn all those that are guilty that all will be done to ensure that they are removed because they are not competent to hold office. Also, pilferage will not be condoned by any means possible. Culprits will not only be dismissed from their duty posts, they will also be taken to court for legal reproach,” said Kamau.
The CS further challenged officials to be accountable for their operations saying that there will be a constant performance review for parastatals.
“Let us not wait to answer questions when issues are raised, make sure that you make it a habit to have forums where you tell people exactly what it is that you are doing.”
“In doing this, it is the only way that we will be accountable for all our operations. Unfortunately we have not fared very well in this. Our Information and Communication Technology department has a big challenge, and they are doing nothing,” observed the Secretary.
Addressing the media on Wednesday, Kamau put to rest the controversy surrounding the procurement for the standard gauge railway saying, “all acquisitions for the project were done within the law and he was determined to put a stop to any breaches to the laid down processes.”
He assured that no money has been paid out for the project until all procedures are streamlined calling for support for the project as it will be a source of employment for many youth and generate income for the country.
“I want it to be finally clear, the railway construction will cost a total of USD 3.8 billion and if we use a conversion rate of Sh86, it amounts to Sh327 billion.”
“Out of that total, Sh220 billion will be used for the actual construction of the rail between Nairobi and Mombasa and Sh107 billion for the supply of the equipment needed for its maintenance like spares,” he explained.
Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter and senior government officials have been summoned by parliamentary committees to shed light on allegations that the tendering process was irregular.