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    Kenyan Official Welcomes Inquiry into Airport Tender Bid

    Kenya Transport Minister Amos Kimunya during a news conference in Nairobi, April 28, 2010. Kenya Transport Minister Amos Kimunya during a news conference in Nairobi, April 28, 2010.
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    Kenya Transport Minister Amos Kimunya during a news conference in Nairobi, April 28, 2010.
    Kenya Transport Minister Amos Kimunya during a news conference in Nairobi, April 28, 2010.
    Peter Clottey
    Kenya’s transport minister says he welcomes a parliamentary inquiry into the process to award an estimated $66 million contract to modernize the country’s international airport.

    Amos Kimunya, who is also a member of parliament, said he asked for the investigation after the Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) expressed concern about the tendering bid.

    “The board of the [KAA] did take some actions and we have also been looking at it from Cabinet and from the Ministry of Transport. And I am saying we want to make sure there is transparency, and we know what is being done so that Kenya gets good value for money,” Kimunya said.

    “Some people are not happy about it and they have been campaigning and going to the media, and eventually they went looking for support from members of parliament, who then raised a question, and I did respond to it,” he said. “And I offered that we should have this matter looked thoroughly through a parliamentary committee so we can get all the truth.”

    Kenneth Marende, the speaker of parliament, called for a parliamentary investigation after some legislators accused Kimunya of cancelling an existing contract to expand the airport.

    Marende then asked the Budget, Transport, and the Finance Committees to begin the investigation of the airport expansion tendering process.

    Some legislators also asked why Kimunya canceled a procurement contract, cleared by the attorney general as well as the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. But, Kimunya insists there was no existing contract.

    “There is no contract that has been entered, so the issue of cancelation does not arise,” Kimunya said. “What the tenderer is trying to do is to force a contract to be entered, because they believe they are the only ones that won the bid. But they are competing against themselves and we want a fair competition.”

    “So there are some issues that need to be looked at," he added. "What they did was that they gave some members of parliament one side of the story, but within the committee, we will get an opportunity to get the 360 degrees version of the stories, and then parliament will get the full picture.”

    Kimunya also said his actions were designed to protect state funds from any possible financial malfeasance. He denied there is any controversy over the need to modernize the international airport in the capital, Nairobi. The objective of expanding the airport, Kimunya said, is to make Kenya attractive as an investment hub in the East African region.

    “I’m very keen to ensure that Kenyans get an international traveling community, get the airport that they deserve, at par with Miami, Chicago, Beijing airport and not just a concoction of an airport, and obviously at a very expensive rate,” Kimunya said.

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