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Daily Nation : February 5th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 5, 2014 National News 9 HEALTH MATTERS | Residents demonstrate against ARVs programme switch Residents of Materi village in Tharaka South, Tharaka-Nithi county, demonstrate over the handover of an ARV programme to the Catholic-run St Orsola Mission Hospital. They said they feared the drugs would now be sold to beneficiaries, a claim the hospital has denied. CHARLES WANYORO | NATION INVESTIGATION | Kenya Railways board and tendering committee summoned Rail firm ‘picked on the internet’ Mwakwere tells PIC he googled Chinese firm as former PS fails to appear before inquiry team BY CAROLINE WAFULA @carwafs firstname.lastname@example.org tified the firm awarded the Sh327 billion rail tender after a quick search on the internet. Speaking when he appeared before F the Public Investments Committee on Monday, Mr Mwakwere said he personally identified China Road and Construction Company to carry out a feasilibity study of the project. He then “googled” the company on the internet and was satisfied it had the capacity to carry out the work. He, however, told PIC members that he did not know its directors in Kenya, but confirmed that he was ormer Transport minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere shocked MPs when he admitted he iden- aware that its subsidiary had been blacklisted in Philippines over corruption allegations. The former Matuga MP told com- mittee members that the project was his initiative and that he takes full responsibility for the infrastructure projects during his tenure at the ministry. “I believe the development of any country is dependent on appropriate infrastructure and so I saw a good opportunity to show people what I could do and was determined to bring change,” he said. He said CRBC agreed to fund the feasibility study and he secured Cabinet approval for the same. According to Mr Mwakwere, his choice of CRBC was based on the fact that it had previously been involved in the construction of the BeijingShanghai high speed rail. This was, however, disputed by committee members. Deputy chairman of the committee Kamau Ichungwah further said information available from Chinese authorities indicate that CRBC was among 10 other entities that were involved in the Beijing-Shanghai project and did not handle it alone. ‘‘ Former Transport Permanent Sec- retary Cyrus Njiru, who was scheduled to appear before the team yesterday, failed to show up. It was not clear whether he had received an invitation to attend the meeting or whether he had snubbed it. Committee chairman Adan Keynan said a fresh invite would be sent to him. Among others, the former PS is needed to give details on when and who conceptualised the idea of constructing the Mombasa-Nairobi rail and how the ministry settled on CRBC. He is also required to clarify when I believe the development of any country is dependent on appropriate infrastructure,” Ex-minister Chirau Mwakwere CRBC had its first contact with the government and who the contact person was. Kenya Railways board of directors, its tender and technical evaluation committees have been asked to appear before the team to provide details of the railway project currently under investigation. http://www.nation.co.ke/PICrailway TO VIEW THIS VIDEO, GO TO: BRIEFLY MAKUENI Elephants invade farms, destroy crops More than 20 elephants have destroyed crops in Makindu and Kibwezi districts in Makueni County in the last three days. The animals invaded farms in Mbuui Nzau, Nguumo, Kiu and Ilaatu and destroyed maize, mangos, pumpkins, watermelons, bananas oranges and other crops. The herd was said to be from Chyullu Hills National Park. NAROK Three jailed for beating teen over early marriage Three men were jailed for five years each yesterday after they admitted beating and injuring a 13-year-old girl who refused to get married to an old man. Her uncles, Sungei Nkuruna, 65, and Nkulai Nkuruna, 68 and her brother Kituli Nkuruna beat the girl on January 27 at Nooekenyi in Narok. They took her to the groom’s home while unconscious. She regained consciousness after two days, fled and reported to the police. NAKURU Two men deny creating disturbance at church Two South Sudan nationals were yesterday charged with creating disturbance at a church in Nakuru. The court heard that Mr Daniel Bior and Mr Abraham Dot confronted Ms Sarah Char of the Christian African Church calling her a fake pastor. The two, represented by lawyer Wambeyi Makomere, denied the charges and were released on a Sh10,000 bond each.
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