The Star (Nairobi)

6 January 2014

Kenya: Atwoli Moves to Stop NSSF Tassia Project

THE Central Organisation of Trade Union wants a Sh5 billion housing project by the National Social Security Fund stopped.

Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli has, in a letter to NSSF acting managing trustee Richard Langat, demanded immediate cancellation of the contract awarded to a Chinese Firm, China Jiangsi International Kenya Ltd.

Atwoli claims NSSF failed to follow procedure when awarding the contract in the Tassia project, which he said is steeped in controversy. NSSF has said it will respond to Atwoli's allegations today.

In the letter to Langat, Atwoli further stated that a circulated email request for the enhanced budget of Sh5 billion and the award of the tender to the Chinese firm was forwarded to board members on December 18 and approved on the same day.

Atwoli is an NSSF board member and chairman of the Finance, Social Security and Investments Committee, but has said he did not receive the email. "I have no recollection of being part of that approval. Neither was I invited," Atwoli said.

The NSSF currently has six members on the board of trustees after tenure of three members ended. It is supposed to have nine members.

Cotu has two representatives on the board, but one of its nominee's tenure ended alongside a member from the Federation of Kenya Employers and another independent member.

In the letter, Atwoli also said ignoring the rightful composition of the board exposes NSSF to corruption and wastage of resources through dubious contracts.

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