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Daily Nation : January 28th 2014
DAILY NATION Tuesday January 28, 2014 SEVENS RUGBY Kenya faces Samoa, Australia and Tonga in pool ‘D’ of Wellington 7s after poor showing in Las Vegas. P.48 SPORT INSIDE INVESTIGATION | Liaison Committee already looking into squabbling by parliamentary teams FOOTBALL TIGHT SCHEDULE AHEAD FOR ARSENAL Arsenal face Reds twice, Man United and Bayern Munich in February. P.51 Lawmakers accused of talking about tender outside House, against the rules MPs ‘frustrating’ railway probe M BY JOHN NGIRACHU @JohnNgirachu email@example.com Ps have been accused of frustrating investigations into the award of the multi-million-shilling railway project tender. The National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee asked lawmakers with information on the award of the contract to China Road and Bridge Corporation to give it to them instead of talking about it outside the House. They said the comments had ended up creating bad perception about the investigations and were likely to poison the atmosphere in Parliament before the committee presented its report. “We don’t want to be sucked Download the NMG PLAY app on Google Play and scan this QR code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories. into the (issues between) businessmen and the government who are fighting,” said PIC chairman Adan Keynan (Eldas, ODM). Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi initiated the discussion when he complained to Mr Keynan that MPs were discussing matters, under active investigation by a committee, outside the House despite House rules forbidding it. He appeared to be referring to statements by Jubilee “We don’t want to be sucked into the (issues between) businessmen and the government who are fighting” PIC chairman Adan Keynan “Criticism in public is interference in the work of the committee and we must take it seriously” Nominated MP Oburu Oginga Coalition MPs led by Majority Leaders Aden Duale and Kithure Kindiki, who have asked President Kenyatta to expose cartels tainting his administration. They singled out Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter for criticism, accusing him of being used by merchants and wheeler-dealers, who were bitter after they and their agents were locked out of lucrative contracts. Mr Keter has already testified before the committee. Yesterday, Mr Linturi was sup- ported by ODM nominated MP Oburu Oginga, who said PIC’s meetings were open and anybody “MPs are discussing matters under active investigation by a committee outside the House against the rules ” Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi with information relating to the contract under investigation should feel free to present it. He said the criticism in the public “is interference in the work of the committee and we must take it seriously.” Rendered useless Dr Oginga said PIC’s report would be rendered useless if the allegations were made to stand. “If you let it go like that, it might rubbish our report,” said Dr Oginga. Mr Keynan told his colleagues not to get worried because they REACTION ‘If you know something, tell us’ would base their report on the facts presented before them. “We’ll bring it to the atten- tion of our colleagues, some of them are new and might not understand the rules,” said Mr Keynan, adding that only PIC had the mandate to investigate the viability of public investments. The committee’s investigation into the railway deal has been marked by constant sniping at their colleagues in the Transport, Public Works and Housing Committee, who are also looking into the same matter. But the two teams have adopted different approaches to the railway project — while the Transport team is supporting it, PIC has raised questions about the SGR. Parliament’s oversight role is now undertaken by committees because ministers are no longer MPs and this has caused fights between departmental committees and PIC over mandate. MPs are also paid for every committee meeting — Sh10,000 for chairperson, Sh8,000 for a vice-chairperson and Sh5,000 for an ordinary member. It is understood that the rows between the committees over the investigations have been discussed by the Liaison Committee, which is composed of all committee chairmen.
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