The Star (Nairobi)

26 April 2014

Kenya: Nyamira Insurance Tender 'Was Awarded Fairly'

DUE process was followed in awarding the Sh30 million insurance deal for Nyamira county assembly, Johncele Insurance Brokers manager Kennedy Ogutu has said. Johncele won the tender.

Addressing the county Public Investments and Accounts Committee, which is investigating the tender, Ogutu yesterday said his company is reputable and won the tender fairly. "Johncele Insurance Brokers has huge experience and will provide quality services to the assembly," he said.

"Our firm was pre-qualified and invited to pick tender documents." Majority leader Beauttah Omanga said the county assembly Public Service Board minutes signed under his name are not genuine. He said he advised the board to delay the award of the tender so as to allow a member who was abroad to attend. Omanga, who is the vice chairman of the board, said: "The board was set up by the tender committee.

We did not receive any minute that indicated there were objections that the tender should not be awarded." Committee chair Ezra Mochiemo said they will release a comprehensive report on their investigations next week.

MCAs earlier refused to fill data forms from Johncele saying the award of the tender was in violation of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2005. This prompted an investigation into the tendering process.

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