CA Kenya reacts to senior officials’ arrest

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Board Chairman Ngene Gituku has issued a statement clarifying the circumstances that led to the arrest of senior officials this week. EACC detectives yesterday arrested six officials over alleged procurement irregularities.

The statement read:

In August 2014, the Authority invited tenders for the renovation of its exhibition stand at the Nairobi Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) show ground from the list of its pre-qualified contractors. Upon completion of the tender evaluation, a report was submitted to the Authority’s Tender Committee for consideration of award of tender.

The Tender Committee, in its deliberations, noted that the tender sum for the lowest evaluated bid of KShs. 4,474,000 was unreasonably high considering that the Authority had undertaken similar works in the previous year.

The Committee, therefore, in the interest of promoting economy and efficiency as well as ensuring prudent and responsible use of public resources, recommended cancellation of the tender and procurement of the service from the Authority’s Advertising Agency, which had been contracted to provide branding and other associated services during the Show.

The Advertising Agency quoted a total tender sum of KShs.1, 927,572 for the repairs of the stand and was therefore awarded the tender. By awarding the tender to the Advertising Agency, the Authority made a saving of KShs. 2,546,428 (as compared to the initial lowest evaluated bid of KShs. 4, 474,000).

From the foregoing, it is clear that no public funds were lost; instead public resources were saved.

The Authority remains committed to compliance with all the public procurement laws and regulations, and prudent use of public resources.

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