The Star (Nairobi)

28 July 2014

Kenya: Duale Wants Safaricom to Include Local Contractors in Tender

LEADER of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale now wants local contractors to sub-contract 30-40 per cent of the Safaricom security tender contract sum to local contractors.

On Thursday last week, the committee, chaired by Tiaty MP Asman Kamama, cleared the multi-billion-shilling integrated security system in a report tabled in the House. Debate on the report is expected this week amid claims of poor job by the 29-member committee.

The probe was prompted by public uproar that the tender was awarded in disregard of the procurement laws. The system is meant to help security forces identify criminals and improve coordination and response to crime by the police.

Duale said the intention and the push for the changes is motivated by job creation, skill and knowledge transfer and development of cottage ICT security industry.

"The same should be tracked and the number of jobs created, companies involved be tabled before the Parliamentary Project Review Committee," Duale said.

"The fact that Safaricom is local does not necessarily translate into specific jobs for local experts being created or the building of local SMEs since most of the work was to be contracted out to foreign partners via the Safaricom engagement," he said.

He wants the House Committee on Budget and Appropriation to recommend the establishment of a steering committee to develop a conceptual National Security Enterprise Architecture.

Duale said the committee should possess the requisite skills in ICT, project management and inter-agency security. The Legal and the Parliamentary Security Committee should nominate two members.

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