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Daily Nation : February 21st 2014
16 | National News SCRUTINY | House team questions funds request Eyebrows raised over Sh187m for meeting Conference meant to find solutions to government’s rising wage bill BY JOHN NGIRACHU @JohnNgirachu email@example.com A parliamentary committee scrutinising the Supplementary Budget has questioned a request for Sh187 million for a conference to discuss the rising wage bill. The Budget and Appropria- tions Committee is yesterday said to have questioned the rationale of spending so much money on a conference to find solutions to rising government expenditure. Documents given to the committee indicated that the conference and connected events would be hosted by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. In supplementary estimates by the Parliamentary Budget Office, the SRC had been al- located Sh170 million by the Treasury. The Budget Committee is scrutinising the estimates and will report to the House on Tuesday on areas where adjustments can be made. ‘‘ MPs on the committee have been mulling requests for additional funding from the Parliamentary Service Commission that looks after their affairs and chairman Rev Mutava Musyimi has said watchdog institutions would also be given priority. Rev Musyimi had described These are forums through which Kenyans will contribute towards sustainable management of the wage bill,” SRC presentation 170m the wage bill as a “hot political potato” but was reported to have been taken aback by the revelation that the SRC would spend so much money to address the matter. According to the SRC’s presentation to the committee, it is planning to organise forums “through which Kenyans will contribute towards sustainable management of the wage bill and development of a requisite public service remuneration and benefits policy.” Dubbed the wage bill The amount of money allocated the Salaries and Remuneration Commission project, the forum will be in four phases from January to June. The SRC states the overall objective of the project as “to obtain an effective framework for public wage bill sustainability.” SULEIMAN MBATIAH | NATION A police officer displays a homemade gun loaded with live bullets at the Provincial CID Headquarters yesterday. It was seized from two suspected robbers who were arrested at Bondeni slums in Nakuru following a tip off by the members of the public. The police also recovered a variety of household goods. SEIZED | Police recover loaded gun DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 Appeal date over laptops tender fixed BY NATION REPORTER The hearing of an appeal by two firms which lost the tender for school laptops will be heard on March 5. Hewlett-Packard Europe and Haier Electricals have appealed against the award of the tender to Indian company Olive Telecommunications. The Ministry of Education has submitted its response to the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board. The ministry was to give out the laptops mid-March since Olive had promised to deliver 400,000 laptops within a month. The review board now has three weeks to make its ruling. Education PS Belio Kipsang maintains that the tender was above board. “We are waiting for the review board’s opinion so that we can proceed,” he said. HP insists Olive is not an origi- nal manufacturer but the ministry denies this. Olive chairman Arun Khanna said: “We have seen the outrageous coverage about us but we beat our opponents pants down. We are an original manufacturer and they know it.” Haier is represented by law- yer Andrew Musangi while HP is represented by Iseme Kamau and Maema advocates.
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