30 April 2014

Kenya: MPs Vote to Pay Anglo Leasing Companies

TWO committees of the National Assembly have recommended payment of Sh1.5 billion to companies associated with Anglo Leasing. Their recommendations will be brought before the House today just before it goes on a one month recess.

At the weekend Deputy President William Ruto said at that the government will not pay the owners of Anglo Leasing any cash. The Budget and Finance committees decided by voting in a closed door session after members failed to reach a consensus.

MPs had demanded Cabinet approval and a written opinion from the Attorney General that all hope of appeal had been exhausted and government had no option but to pay. Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich gave the paperwork to the committees last week.

First Mercantile Securities Corporation and Universal Satspace had gone to court in Switzerland and the United Kingdom and got judgements compelling Kenya to pay them.

The two were contracted to supply broadband network and bandwidth to the Postal Corporation of Kenya between 1997 and 2002. Rotich, Treasury PS Kamau Thuge and Solicitor General Njee Muturi met the committees yesterday morning.

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