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Sunday, 26 April 2015

KPC MD CAUGHT UP IN TENDER DEALS



A tender involving Sh4.8 billion for construction of white oil tanks by Kenya Pipeline Company has engulfed the managing director of the state corporation, Charles Tanui.
In the tender bid, a foreign firm had to have 40pc local composition to be considered. An Indian firm Prashanth Projects Limited, together with Nyoro Construction Company locally incorporated the company and entered into an agreement and bid and won the tender.
However, it has emerged senior managers at KPC were forced to award the tender in the name of Prishanth Ltd with Nyoro being shortchanged and sidelined.
To replace Nyoro against the tender procedures, another Indian firm Monaco was brought on board. KPC has already paid Sh600 million for the project even before work has started.
Facts emerging are that the Indian firm has been barred doing any work back in India. It was found to have been engaged in questionable deals involving kickbacks.
In its tender documents, the company claims to have done work in Syria. How it did work in the war-torn country has left those in the oil industry questioning.
We have established those who matter on procurement of tender awards were airlifted to India on a full paid trip by Prashanth.
Tanui is said to be one of the untouchable CEOs being investigated by Ethics and Ant-Corruption Commission. Using influence in corridors of power, he says EACC is toothless as he has already been cleared.
Already, KPC board member is one of his key allies. The pump constructions tender awards turned into money minting.
Not left out in the KPC dirty deals are suspended Energy cabinet secretary Davis Chirchir.