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Court declines to stay decision blocking IDEMIA from doing business with Kenya

The international firm was awarded tenders worth over Sh6 billion to provide election technology/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – The High Court has declined to stay a report by Parliament recommending the barring of French firm IDEMIA (formerly IT Morpho) from conducting any business with the Government of Kenya pending its case.

Justice John Mativo declined to issue the temporary order pending conclusion of the application to suspend any action against IDEMIA over its alleged role in procurement malpractices in the 2017 General Election saying it was not merited.

The aggrieved firm moved to court last week to contest the report insisting it was not given an opportunity to defend itself.

It has argued the decision was unfair and unlawful.

The August House faulted the company of flouting the law by entering into a multi-billion shilling contract with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), yet it did not have a physical address.

The international firm was awarded tenders worth over Sh6 billion to provide election technology.

Among the recommendations that IDEMIA is challenging include appropriate criminal action against it and all monies unlawfully paid under the deal recovered and directors prosecuted.

Also challenged is a 10-year ban of transacting business with any government agency in Kenya.

Parliament had further commended the DCI to probe the matter.

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