EACC summons nine KPLC officials over procurement interference

Nine members of KPLC Board of Directors to appear at Integrity Centers for questioning.

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•In a statement n Sunday, the Commission said the nine, who are all members of KPLC Board of Directors should appear at Integrity Centers for questioning.

•Nine members of KPLC Board of Directors to appear at Integrity Centers for questioning.

The Kenya power symbol .FILE
The Kenya power symbol .FILE

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission has summoned nine officials from Kenya Power to record statements over interference of procurement processes.

In a statement n Sunday, the Commission said the nine, who are all members of KPLC Board of Directors should appear at Integrity Centers for questioning.

The summoned BOD members include Abdulzaq Ali, Caroline Kittony, Njoroge Muhu, Elizabeth Rogo and Kairo Thuo.

Others are Sachen Gudka, Isaac Kiva, Humfey Muhu, Vivienne Yeda.

Last month, KPLC's tender for insurance brokers was temporarily suspended.

This followed an order given by Judge James Makau after successful application by activist Okiya Omtatah.

Justice Makau further certified the case by Omtatah as urgent and directed that he serves the other parties with his suit papers in four days.

The case will come up for mention on September 22, 2021.

Judge Makau’s order arose out of an application by Omtatah seeking to stop KPLC tender for saying it imposes eligibility requirements that lock out many local players.

The tender documents were altered according to Omtatah to include a requirement of valid professional indemnity of Sh1 billion up from initial Sh200 million which he believes is oppressive.

He also noted that the tender does not have provision for affirmative action under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO).

AGPO is an affirmative action that seeks to empower women, youth and persons with a disability through public procurement business opportunities by giving these groups 30 per cent of all procurement initiatives without competition from established firms.

On June 8 KPLC advertised in the media inviting bids for tender for pre-qualification of insurance brokerage firms for the period of September 1 2021 to August 31 2023.

And on July 15 without giving any reasons the procuring entity wrote to all bidders notifying them that the procurement process had been terminated and tender cancelled.