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Daily Nation : February 21st 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Wenger criticises Bayern Munich’s tactics after Arsenal’s loss in Uefa Champions League. P. 70 SPORT INSIDE PROBE | Public Investments Committee yet to table its report House team clears railway project GOLF PROS HEAD TO BATTLE IN ‘NATION’ CIRCUIT Professional golfers in Kisumu for first leg of the Nation Golf Circuit at Nyanza Club. P.68 Committee says due process was followed in awarding the tender for construction of standard gauge railway BY CAROLINE WAFULA @carwafs firstname.lastname@example.org ment to fast-track it. The Committee on Transport A Download the NMG PLAY app on Google Play and scan this QR code with your smart phone for pictures, videos and more stories. said it did not find any illegality or irregularity in the procurement of the project, based on submissions by Attorney-General Githu Muigai and the Public Procurement Oversight Authority (PPOA). In a report tabled in Parliament yesterday, the committee said due process was followed in the awarding of the tender for the construction of the railway line. “The government should proceed with the project implementation due to immense benefits that will accrue to the people of Kenya during the construction period and upon completion of the project,” the report states. All the 29 members of the committee endorsed the final recommendations and findings, justifying its implementation and stating that it would fast-track movement of cargo in the region at a cheaper cost. House committee has cleared the standard gauge railway project and asked the govern- Mr Maina Kamanda The committee chairman said the railway project should be fasttracked because it “is about this country and not about personal interests”. Mr Hezron Awiti The Nyali MP had questioned whether China Roads and Bridges Company had the capacity to handle the standard gauge railway project. Committee chairman Maina Kamanda said the standard gauge railway was for posterity and that the committee looked beyond personal interests. “This is about this country and not about personal interests,” he said as he presented the report. Single-sourcing The matter was referred to the Transport, Public Works and Housing committee in November following a question by Nyali MP Hezron Awiti on the tendering and construction of the MombasaMalaba railway line. Mr Awiti had questioned why the government had single-sourced Mr John Mbadi The Suba MP wanted both the Transport Committee and PIC to table their reports at the same time to allow for comparison. the provision of rolling stocks and awarded a tender to China Roads and Bridges Construction Company. He wanted to know whether the company had the capacity to handle the project and if the government undertook due diligence on its capacity to build the railway line and provide the rolling stock. The Public Investments Committee also took up the matter following a separate question from another member. Proceedings in the PIC committee have indicated a contrasting direction in its investigation. Yesterday, Suba MP John Mbadi wanted both committees to table their reports at the same time for compari- REACTION MPs want railway fast-tracked son, since they had conducted parallel investigations into the matter. House Speaker Justin Muturi, how- ever, allowed the Transport committee to table its report. The committee, in its 44-page report, says both the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the National Treasury gave the cost of obtaining the Engineering Procurement Contract at Sh327 billion, which includes the commercial contract for civil works and that for the supply and installation of facilities, locomotives and rolling stock. It states that as far as PPOA was concerned, Kenyans will not suffer any loss in costs should the contract be terminated. Sign agreement The committee adds that the AG confirmed that his office was and is still involved in the procurement and that he would sign the final financial agreement to seal the contract between the governments of Kenya and China. The report says Kenya has not signed any financial agreement yet and that the loan from Exim Bank of China is undergoing internal credit approval after which the documents will be submitted to the National Treasury for perusal before it is forwarded to the AG. The committee, however, said the government should fast-track the signing of the financial agreement with the Exim Bank of China to allow the project to start.
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