By Pamela Chepkemei
Nairobi, Kenya: A lobby Wednesday moved to court in a bid to nullify a Sh20 billion tender for supply of police surveillance equipment it claims was irregularly reinstated by Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo after being cancelled by another senior government official.
Kenyans for Justice and Development Trust told High Court Judge Isaac Lenaola that the matter was urgent because the government and Chinese Company, ZTE Corporation, were in the process of finalising the deal.
The tender, which had been initially awarded to ZTE Corporation, was cancelled by Francis Kimemia in February because the cost was exaggerated by Sh8 billion and allegations of kickbacks being paid had been made against some officers handling the matter.
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Kimemia had on February 11 this year nullified the tender for the supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the national surveillance, communication, command, and control system.
He further ordered Iringo, who was then the Internal Security permanent secretary, to re-advertise the tender competitively.
The court Wednesday heard that the tender was recently reinstated unprocedurally by Iringo who is currently the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Office of the President and the Attorney General Githu Muigai.
The lobby accuses Iringo and Githu of abusing the office of National Police Service in total and contemptuous disregard of Kimemia’s cancellation of the tender.
“The respondents have stealthily and corruptly schemed to reinstate and fast track to conclude the cancelled tender,” says Omkiya Omtatah, an official of the lobby.
Judge Lenaola directed the lawyer acting for the lobby to notify the respondents of the hearing date set for Friday.
The lobby wants the High Court to issue an order declaring that the reinstatement and fast tracking of Tender No OOP/NSCCC/2011 – 2012 in favour of ZTE was irregular, without merit, and null and void.