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Treasury queries status of ex-Kebs boss tender probe

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Former Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) managing director Evah Oduor. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Treasury wants the anti-graft agency to provide the status of implementation of a House recommendation that former Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) managing director Evah Oduor be investigated over the award of tender for construction of Mombasa Regional offices.

The Treasury told Parliament that it has written to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) after realising that the issues raised have not been adequately addressed by Kebs.

“The National Treasury vide letter ref: CONF.268/03/A dated August 3, 2018 wrote to the secretary/CEO EACC on status report,” Cabinet Secretary (CS) Henry Rotich said in a report to Parliament.

House rules require Cabinet secretaries to report the status of implementation the resolution of the House within 60 days of its adoption.

The Public Investments Committee (PIC) investigated the procurement of consultancy services for the proposed regional offices and laboratories.

The parliamentary team also looked into the circumstances leading to the cancellation of the contract for the project

“The committee recommends that the EACC investigates Ms Evah Oduor, the former managing director, for committing Kenya Bureau of Standards and signing the contract for the construction of Kebs regional offices and laboratories without adequate budgetary allocations contrary to the provision of section 26(6) of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act, 2005 and attendant procurement regulations,” Mr Rotich said in the Treasury memorandum to Parliament.

PIC had also recommended that Ms Oduor and the then procurement officer and the tender committee members be held responsible for single sourcing the procurement of consultancy services in contravention of Section 74 of the procurement Act.

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