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New JKIA terminal under fresh probe

By - | January 23rd 2013 at 12:00:00 GMT +0300

By MOSES MICHIRA

A fresh investigation into the Sh56 billion-worth new terminal at the country’s largest airport has been launched. The twist is likely to disrupt planned expansion of JKIA again.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission wants to investigate how the multi-billion shillings worth tender was won by two Chinese firms amidst claims that the board of directors had not been involved in the recruitment of the contractors.

The move is likely to place a new hurdle in the planned construction of the Greenfield terminal that was anticipated to help ease congestion at the JKIA by introducing an additional passenger capacity of 20 million per year.

EACC had written to the Ministry of Transport demanding the Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director Stephen Gichuki step aside to facilitate the probe.

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“We are proceeding with the investigation with vigour. Our people are on it and soon we will unravel it,” said EACC spokesman Nicholas Simani when reached for comment.

EACC’s bid to unravel the tender has however run into fresh headwinds after the Head of Public Service Francis Kimemia said there was no need for Mr Gichuki to step aside.

Mr Kimemia is opposed to EACC’s demands to have Gichuki leave office, stating that the anti-graft agency could still carry on with its investigation without the managing director stepping aside.

EACC had written to Government last month asking the Ministry of Transport to let Gichuki step aside to allow investigation. Kimemia replied immediately to EACC’s letter objecting to its request.

EACC’s probe will focus on how the tender was awarded to the two Chinese firms, Anhui Construction Engineering Group and State-owned China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Corporation.


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