Majority leader of the National Assembly Aden Duale has distanced himself from a company said to have been awarded government tenders worth KSh 2.6 billion over the last ten years.
This was after a report indicated the firm, Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Limited, was owned by the Garissa Township MP.
Dismissing the report on Thursday, July 18, Duale shared identification documents of the man he claimed owned the firm in the multi-billion-shilling tender mystery.
“The company in question is Concordia. I’m not party to the company nor I’m I the Director. I have provided all the necessary details,” said Duale.
However, a report by the Daily Nation shows Duale shared the national ID and passport photos of the other Aden Bare Duale, but claimed he did not have his mobile number.
“I want to confirm to you that that person, Aden Bare Duale, is not me,” said the Garissa Town MP.
The report further showed the signatures on the identification documents neither tallied with those on the tender documents nor with the Majority Leader’s signature on his passport.
The Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Limited, a firm whose other director is Abdi Yakub Duale, has been a key contractor in dozens of government projects.
The company is reported to have won tenders worth more than KSh 2.6 billion in the last 10 years.
Among the mega projects the company is currently carrying out are said to be the improvement of commuter rail stations in Nairobi.
It is also carrying out the construction of Rural Electrification Authority (REA) storage facilities, construction of Garissa Town water supply systems, and the failed Mitubiri Landfill project.
Since 2009, the company has been awarded tenders for projects worth a staggering Sh2.6 billion by the government, most of them after Jubilee Party came to power in 2013.
October 2018, Tanathi Water Services Board awarded the company a KSh 190 million contract for a water supply project under the Last Mile project being carried out by Kenya Power in Garissa.
Ownership of the company could put Duale in conflict with procurement laws, which prohibit State officers from doing business with the government.
According to Section 59 of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act is explicit on the participation of State officers in government tenders.
“A State organ or public entity shall not enter into a contract for a procurement… with State and public officers,”‘ it notes.
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