The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: MPs Raise Red Flag On Sh1.2 Trillion Railway

MPs have raised concerns over the Sh1.2 trillion standard gauge railway tendering process. They have told the government that they are keen on ensuring there is accountability and transparency in the process.

The MPs said should it raise an audit query, they will treat it with the "seriousness it deserves". The Public Accounts Committee chairman Ababu Namwamba said the government should address the issues raised on inflated cost in a tender awarded to a Chinese firm, China Bridges and Roads Construction.

Namwamba expressed the committee's concerns after a meeting with the Attorney General Githu Muigai, Public Procurement Oversight Authority director general Maurice Juma and Auditor General Edward Ouko was postponed to February 10 next year as Juma is on official duty outside the country.

He said the oversight function of the National Assembly demands vigilance where public funds face the danger of misuse or plunder. "If public expenditure raises concerns at the onset of a project, intervene and raise the red flag," Namwamba said.

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