KPC managers defend tendering process

By KBC Reporter

MPs are scrutinizing the tender for the construction of the 450 km Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline by the Kenya Pipeline Company

Top managers at the Kenya Pipeline Company say they helped the parastatal save 10 billion shillings in the new pipeline tender that is currently facing scrutiny before two parliamentary committees.

Appearing before the energy parliamentary committee, Kenya Pipeline Company’s Managing Director Charles Tanui said from 53 billion shillings, the company was able to award the tender to Zackhem International, the lowest bidder in a fair process.

MPs have continued to scrutinize the tender for the construction of the 450 kilometers Mombasa-Nairobi pipeline by the Kenya Pipeline Company.

Committee members raised concerns on how the process was conducted saying valuations were done within a day.

The committee was informed that the health, safety and environmental assessment for the project is ongoing.

Tanui says that criminal investigations surrounding the process are ongoing after an employee of KPC received a package with a bullet inside as well as China Wu Yi being in possession of classified tender documents.

Top KPC officials are expected to appear before the committee next week.