30 August 2009

Kenya: State House Vows Action in Vehicles Tender Riddle

Nairobi — State House will crack the whip on officials involved in the tender riddle of eight luxury vehicles which it rejected two months ago.

Investigations into how six officials handled the procurement are underway to will establish if any official violated the Public Officer Ethics Act, or the Public Procurement and Disposal Act.

At the weekend, the Saturday Nation revealed how Mr Joseph Kahuko Mutua, the suspended State House chief financial officer, received payments from a company that repairs State House cars.

While the payments could be above board, the fact that he received money from a firm he had awarded contracts to could point to a conflict of interest.

In a statement, State House said that "the institution of the Presidency remains committed to ensuring accountability in the allocation and utilisation of public funds."

It promised unspecified action against the officials - currently on suspension - if they will be found to have contravened the law in acquiring the vehicles.

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