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MPs award dubious firm Sh700m tender – Weekly Citizen

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Parliamentary Service Commission headed by house speaker Justin Muturi is on the spot for awarding a Sh700 million tender to a phantom firm.
The tender for furnishing MPs’ offices was awarded to Nightingale Enterprises Limited whose directors are listed as Ephantus Githui Gathekia and Peter Njoroge Muchuku.
According to sources, Ephantus Githui Gathekia died in May 2017 while Peter Njoroge Muchuku lives in North Carolina, USA and rarely comes to Kenya.

The name of one of the directors Evelyn Nyambura has been expunged from the records at the Registrar of Companies together with that of the fourth director Samuel Kamau Nduati.
Already, a Chinese firm is locked up in a tendering dispute with the PSC over the Sh700 million deal to furnish MPs’ offices amid allegations that the winning bidder forged documents.
China Jiangxi International Kenya has petitioned the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board to block the award of the tender to Nightingale Enterprises Ltd citing a breach of standing laws.
The local firm is alleged to have submitted irregular bank statements, provided referee companies that were related to it, quoted works it never performed and listed an architecture firm not registered in Kenya, documents filed before the review board shows.
The Chinese firm reckons the PSC did not do adequate background check on Nightingale Enterprises as demanded by law.
Nightingale Enterprises had bid for Sh665.1 million while China Jiangxi’s offer was Sh699.6 million for the interior fitting of the 26-storey building, which is being built by the Chinese firm for Sh6 billion.
“The procuring entity has acted in contravention of the law…as it awarded the tender to a bidder which did not submit a tender proposal that conformed to all eligibility and mandatory requirements,” said Jiangxi International through its lawyer.
“The procuring entity be compelled to conduct a proper due diligence on Nightingale Enterprises strictly in accordance with the criteria set out in the tender,” the lawyer added.
The PSC has, however, denied the tender did not meet the set criteria including authentic bank details, adding that the Chinese firm has misunderstood the procurement procedure.
The commission says China Jiangxi took part in the tender but was unsuccessful because it submitted a higher bid compared with Nightingale Enterprises.

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Separate documents, filed by a whistleblower through lawyer Munyalo Muli before the board, questioned the authenticity of the bank statements provided by Nightingale Enterprises, adding that the firm did not undertake a multi-billions contracts in Zambia it quoted to show its competence.
The firm is also said to have quoted independent referees that were related to it.
“A search at e-Citizen platform reveals that those companies share the same postal address as Nightingale Enterprises and therefore could not credibly verify the worthiness of the alleged successful bidder,” said Muli.
The lawyer also said Nightingale lined up an architectural firm – OctaArchitects — that does not appear among firms licensed to operate in Kenya by the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors.
The 26-storey office block is expected to accommodate MPs who have no offices and the expanded number of staff.
The PSC is spending millions of shillings to hire offices for MPs and senators who did not secure space at parliament buildings.
“The pendency of the ruling notwithstanding, our client’s case is that the procurement process that led to the prequalification of Nightingale Enterprises was undertaken without proper due diligence on the part of the Tender Evaluation Committee and was inter-alia riddled and rife with irregularities, illegalities, malpractices and manifest fraud.
“Our client wishes to now draw your kind attention to the following pertinent issues that were deliberately overlooked while considering Nightingale Enterprises for prequalification,” the document states.
Nightingale Enterprises is said to have been registered fraudulently to take advantage of tender awards. It shares postal address with four other companies namely: Bliss Park Apartments Limited, Haven Park Limited, Lulu Gardens Limited and Glee Hotel Limited, which it indicates are its referees.
Nightingale had also said that it would associate with Octa Architects Limited to undertake the design works yet, a search at the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors Kenya yielded nil results.
Nightingale also supplied forged and unauthentic bank statements from Equity Bank.
This was discovered by PSC when they asked Equity Bank to provide certified statements. Equity Bank refused or was unable to provide ‘as the availed copies did not originate from the bank’.
This is not the first time Nightingale is featuring in corruption allegations. In another deal involving Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Nightingale, the company was awarded a tender that entailed rehabilitation and maintenance of Masinga-Wendano Road.
The value of the works was not indicated on the certificate of completion, but it is thought to have been in the tune of hundreds of millions.
According to documents in our possession, the works on the road were completed on November 22 2015. This means that Nightingale was awarded a tender by the road authority while still undertaking another one by KeRRA.
The completion certificate was not signed by any officer, despite having been stamped as received by Nightingale.
It is not yet clear whether the two projects were done or were just ghost projects meant to swindle taxpayers.
In 2017, the company indicated that it made a Sh337,293,727 profit before tax as compared to Sh273, 439,409. Such profits are not synonymous with most stationary and digital printing companies.
Apart from Muturi, other members on parliamentary service commission are Naomi Shaban, Adan Keynan, Aisha Juma, Benson Momanyi, George Khaniri, Beth Mugo, Aaron Cheruiyot, Lorna Mumel and clerk of the senate JN Nyegenye.



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Raila mints millions out of legislative meeting in Kisumu – Weekly Citizen

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Opposition chief Raila Odinga is laughing all the way to the bank after raking millions of shillings through the family prestigious hotel that play host to annual legislative meeting that brought about 4,000 delegates in Kisumu.

Grand Royal Swiss Hotel General manager Shanawaz Basheer conquered that the summit was a booster to them adding t the facility was 100 percent booked days before the kickoff of the event.

This was the first time the annual summit was held outside Mombasa after delegates resolved to rotate it in the spirit of devolution.

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The over 4,000 delegates who included county assembly speakers, senators and ward representatives from the 47 regional governments attended the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday conspicuously absent at the opening of the 4th Annual Legislative Summit.

He along with his deputy William Ruto and AU envoy Raila Odinga were expected to grace the occasion but none of them showed up.

 



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Pressure on Uhuru to extend Mwathethe tenure as KDF boss – Weekly Citizen

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is under pressure to extend the office term of the outgoing Chief of Defense Forces General Samson Mwathethe as another group close to him demands for an immediate replacement of the KDG boss whose term expires today.

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Those who are opposing extension of Mwathethe’s term into the office for another one year has already identify Mwathethe’s deputy Robert Kibochi as the next perfect successor.

Mwathethe took over in April 17th, 2016 from Julius Karanga who retired after 40 years in service.

Following push and pull between powerful faces in the statehouse President Uhuru has been left torn between extending Mwathethe’s term, or replace him immediately after the end of his four year term as stipulated in the infamous Tonje Rules.

Former Chief of General Staff Daudi Tonje during his reign formulated a rule that the Chief of Defense Forces be held in a four-year rotational basis among the three disciplines that makes Kenya Defense Forces.

President Kenyatta congratulats Lt. General Kibochi on his appointment as the new Kenya Army Commander

 

President Kenyatta congratulated Lt. General Kibochi on his appointment as the new Kenya Army Commander



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Why Uhuru has gone into hiding? – Weekly Citizen

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President Uhuru Kenyatta sneaked back into the country from Mauritius two days ago and retreated to a hide out to fine-tune a major government reorganisation that will see corrupt official sent packing, we can now report.

Sources revealed that the President opted to jet back into the country announced, even without the knowledge of his Deputy William Ruto.

The last time Kenyans heard of the President is four days ago when he addressed Mauritius investors accompanied by the country’s Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

Uhuru left for Mauritius on April 9 and upon arrival paid a courtesy call on the Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory at State House, Le Reduit.

He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Prof George Magoha (Education) among other senior government officials.

On a state visit to Port Louis, President Uhuru Kenyatta convinced the Mauritian government to lift the ban on avocados and other produce from Kenya.

On Monday, queries were raised after the President skipped the fourth annual Legislative Summit in Kisumu.

He was expected to give a keynote address, award national honours to county assembly speakers and launch the global champion for youth agenda.

The Head of State was scheduled to open the event at 10am. Nobody represented or read his speech.

More than 4,000 delegates attended the summit that brought together senators, MCAs from the 47 county assemblies and partners at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel from April 15 to 18.

Kisumu residents expected the President to address the progress of devolution, the handshake, development and his fight against corruption.

Three weeks ago, the President’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were suddenly deactivated shortly after he posted a tweet on corruption.

Speaking on the deactivation, Chief of Staff Office of The President, Nzioka Waitu said the President’s accounts had temporarily suspended and necessary remedial measures were being undertaken.

“On account of unauthorised access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” the Chief of Staff said.

 

 

 



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