The Star (Nairobi)

22 March 2014

Kenya: Kamau Warns Against Bias in Tender Awards

Transport Secretary Michael Kamau has warned government officers who supply themselves with construction and supply tenders. Kamau said the ministry will not tolerate the vice. "If you want to engage in business, vacate the government," he said.

Kamau made the remarks at a consultative meeting with contractors,consultants and financiers at the Kenya School of Government. The meeting discussed ways the country can speedily develop and maintain infrastructure. Kamau said the ills stall efforts put in place by the ministry to improve the road network in Kenya.

"We cannot continue with faulty designs,we have even had cases where tender documents are tampered with during evaluation by deliberately removing documents to give undue advantage to preferred bidders,bidders should submit two copies of this documents,one for safe custody to be used for counter checking during evaluation and the other for opening," he said.

Kamau decried the slow pace at which the infrastructure in the country is developing saying a lot needs to be done.

"At independence,paved road network stood at 2000 kilometers and 11,600 kilometers was paved in 2006.This means we added 9,600 kilometers in 43 years,averaging 223 kilometers annually and between 2006 and 2013,we have added 2,600 kilometers to our roads in 6 years. Things cannot continue at this rate," he said.

Kamau said resources at the disposal of his ministry earmarked for infrastructure were not sufficient and wastages will not be tolerated at all.

"We must reduce all wastages in equipment,site offices vehicles and even allowances in Bill number 1 has been as high as 25 percent,we must drastically reduce it to 5 percent,i want very serious deliberations on this matter or else I would be compelled to make unilateral decision," he said.

Kamau said consultants will be compelled to bear the escalation cost arising from faulty designs.

He said two cases with EACC have designs that have had to be reviewed while the contractor is on site leading to delays and additional work.

He said advertising contract will be grafted in a manner that the advertisers will become responsible for routine maintenance of particular sections of roads where advertisements are located.

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