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Thursday, April 18, 2013
Siaya Governor warns public on land deals
Siaya Governor warns public on land deals
Siaya County Cornel Rasanga. Mr Rasanga
has warned officers of defunct local authorities against engaging in
unscrupulous land deals. Photo/FILE NATION MEDIA GROUP
By NATION CORRESPONDENT
April 18 2013 at 15:54
Residents of Siaya County have been warned against engaging in land
transactions with former local authorities without consulting the office of the
It is fraudulent for anybody to buy or sell government land through the
former local authorities, said Governor Cornel Rasanga.
He said land transactions should have stopped when the county government
came into force.
The governor warned officers of defunct local authorities against engaging
in such deals.
He said he had established that such transactions were still being carried
out and appealed to relevant government agencies to take stern
“Those transactions are null and void. We are warning those involved that
the long arm of the law will catch up with both the sellers and buyers,” Mr
He told the public that the plots were now under the county government and
nobody should purport to sell them on behalf of the local authorities.
According to the Transition to Devolved Government Act, 2012, anybody who
transfers assets without obtaining the approval of the county government or
contrary to the mechanism provided by the Transition Authority commits an
Kidero interdicts officers over Sh180m graft claims
Nairobi county governor Evans Kidero
inspects a parade by City Council workers. Photo/FILE Nation Media
By EMMANUEL TOILI
Posted Wednesday, April 17 2013 at 13:15
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has interdicted four senior City Council
officers over the loss of Sh180 million and ordered investigation of 25 firms
involved in graft claims.
The officers have been accused of misappropriating Sh180m in the infamous
'air supplies' at the City Hall.
10 more officers from the departments of Procurement, City Engineering,
Treasury and Inspection and Acceptance Committee are also being
Also, 25 firms allegedly involved in the 'air supply' together with their
directors are being investigated over the misappropriation.
“Am in the process of initiating necessary legislation on governance with
special focus on tackling corruption within the county. Within three months, I
will have sealed all revenue leakages and all financial malpractices," he
“I also intend to set up the County Ombudsman’s Office with a clear mandate
to handle all aspects of integrity and corruption within the rank and file in
the County,” Kidero added.
Keep it up Bwana Governor ! But please watch your back for corruption
fights back. Behind you 100%.
House team to vet Cabinet nominees to be unveiled
MPs wait for the address by President
Uhuru Kenyatta in Parliament on April 16, 2013. Photo/JOHN NGIRACHU
By JOHN NGIRACHU
Posted Thursday, April 18 2013 at 16:57
The House Committee that will vet the nominees
to the Cabinet will be unveiled on Tuesday, Majority Leader in the National
Assembly Aden Duale has told MPs.
Mr Duale said MPs would also be asked to approve
the membership of the Committee on Appointment.
The 28-member committee will be chaired by
Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi and will have the Deputy Speaker
with the leaders and deputy leaders of the majority and minority
Its sole mandate will be the vetting of the
people President Uhuru Kenyatta will nominate as members of the
Its quorum shall include 14 members, excluding
the Speaker, who shall also not be entitled to vote.
Members to this committee shall be nominated by
the House Business Committee on the basis of proportional party membership in
the House while also considering the interests of
There are four independent MPs in the National
Assembly, with three reported to be allied to the Jubilee Coalition, which forms
the majority in both the Senate and the National Assembly.
Mr Duale said the members of the various other
committees would be named on Wednesday.
MPs have been quietly lobbying for membership in
the 26 committees that are yet to be formed and Mr Duale’s announcement is
likely to lead to an intensification of this.
The Garissa Township MP encouraged his
colleagues to start proposing motions they would want the House to discuss and
to start preparing to seek statements from committee heads.
Under the new House rules, MPs will have
Wednesday morning to discuss the issues they originate. The day is reserved for
business not sponsored by either the Majority or Minority Leaders and the
EU envoy wants open tender for Karuma dam
Journalists take pictures of Karuma
Falls recently. Construction of a 600-Megawatt dam at the site has stalled over
allegations of corruption in the bidding process.
By TABU BUTAGIRA
Posted Thursday, April
18 2013 at 01:00
Top EU envoy says unlike a grant, Ugandan tax payers will have to repay the
loan for the project and its intended works must offer the best
The government should re-open up the tender for construction of the
600-megawatt Karuma hydro-dam to all interested “competent” firms irrespective
of which country finances the project, the Head of the European Union Delegation
in Uganda has said.
Ambassador Roberto Ridolfi told the Daily Monitor on Tuesday that
handpicking a firm from a country offering a $2.2 billion loan for the
construction works, would amount to “breach of the public procurement
“Public procurement rules are very simple and are at the core of good
governance: transparency, free and open access to everybody to the tendering and
no discrimination,” he said.
“I hope the government will abide by
the court ruling and the (Inspectorate of Government’s) recommendations without
breaching the public procurement laws because a loan, even if it’s a very soft
loan or concession loan, will have to be paid back by Ugandans.”
The considerations, he said, would however be different if Uganda received
a grant. The envoy’s comments come weeks after the largely state-owned New
Vision reported that China has agreed to deploy resources and firms to build
President Museveni and his new Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping reportedly
sealed the deal during the recent BRICS summit in South Africa, the newspaper
reported, quoting unnamed sources.
In the Tuesday interview, Mr Ridolfi made
no mention of China but said it would be unfair for the Ugandan government to
exclude other “competent” companies and only favour firms from country
bankrolling the project.
Call for respect of the law
“The laws of public
procurement must be respected. If we are talking about loans, Ugandan tax payers
have to pay it back, which means ultimately that the infrastructure will be paid
for by Ugandans tax payers, he said, “Therefore, Uganda has the right to get the
best value for money. The laws of public procurement were not invented to delay
projects, they were invented to give value-for-money to the tax payers, avoid
corruption and collusion.”
The process of procuring a contractor for the already delayed Karuma dam
has been rife with allegations of corruption, bidders falsifying work records
and violation of procurement rules, prompting a plethora of lawsuits and
investigations by police, the statutory public procurement entity and
The Inspectorate of Government cancelled the initial process that placed
China International Water and Electric Corporation (CWE) in pole position to win
the $2.2 billion tender, and advised government to restart the process but
through restricted international bidding.
Salini, an Italian company, has fought hardest, including through the
courts, over the Karuma dam deal.