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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 TENNIS Government’s cash reward to Australian Open champion Li Na causes uproar in China. Page 56 SPORT INSIDE CONTROVERSY | House team says it is up to committee to determine whether project is above board Rail tender probe will not stop: MPs PREMIER LEAGUE MOYES UPBEAT AFTER MATA’S GOOD START United boss says Spaniard gives him more options to improve results. P.59 On Tuesday Uhuru said construction of track would continue despite protests BY ZEDDY SAMBU @zeddysambu email@example.com BY JOHN NGIRACHU @JohnNgirachu firstname.lastname@example.org M Download the NMG PLAY app on Google Play and scan this QR code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories. Ps will continue investigating the standard gauge railway tender even after a senior official said construction would start in July. Mr Adan Keynan, the chairman of the Public Investments Committee, said his team would go ahead with its investigations despite President Kenyatta saying on Tuesday that the project was above board. “There is no better place to determine how above board this project is,” Mr Keynan said yesterday. “When you say this project is above board, who else other than the elected representatives of the people of Kenya (can determine this)?” But speaking separately, Mr Nduva Muli, the principal secretary for Transport and Infrastructure, said that China Bridges and Road Company— the project’s contractor—is already undertaking excavation works at Embakasi and Mtito Andei railway stations. “The contractor is at 11 sites along the line. Embakasi and Mtito Andei are major operation zones,” said Mr Muli in an SMS response to questions from the Nation. “These sites are for mobilisation. Construction will take place once funds are approved and disbursed,” added the PS. Phase 1 will cover Mombasa to Nairobi and phase two, Nairobi to Malaba and a branch line to Kisumu. Construction is expected to take five years beginning this July through June 2018, with the railway running through Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita-Taveta, Makueni, Kajiado, Machakos and Nairobi counties. With the President asserting that construction of the standard gauge railway “must and will go ahead,” he created the possibility that the Executive could ignore PIC’s report even if it recommends that work be stopped. Committee member Mithika Linturi seemed to send a coded message to the project’s proponents by quoting the Constitution’s provisions on the use of public financing— openness and accountability. “Those people doing these things must do whatever it is within provisions of the Constitution and in the event that they do not, then they will be personally held responsible,” said Mr Linturi. He added that Parliament had power to sanction contractors. PIC has not taken a position on the matter but their questions and body language have suggested they are uncomfortable with the project. Mr Keynan stated that in one week of their hearings, the cost of the project rose from Sh220 billion to Sh327 billion and then to Sh347 billion and Sh447 billion. ‘‘ EVANS HABIL| NATION There is no better place to determine how above board this project is” PIC chairman Adan Keynan PIC chairman Adan Keynan at County Hall, Nairobi, yesterday. He called on the public to provide information on the railway project.
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