” Mr Gowa
Bakari Gowa
Gatundu South
Isiolo Women Representative
Kenya Ferry
Kenya Ferry Services
Moses Kuria
Rehama Jaldesa
Transport Committee

MPs turn away Kenya Ferry boss, accuse him of hiding information

MPs turn away Kenya Ferry boss, accuse him of hiding information

MPs sent away the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) management over failure to disclose full information about the stalled procurement of a Sh1 billion vessel from Turkey. The MPs took the decision after managing director Bakari Gowa said the contractor who is building the ferry had slapped the KFS with $3.2 million (Sh320 million) for delays in the completion of works.The construction of the ferry has been delayed following a court order that stopped its building.The KFS entered into a contract with a Turkish builder to construct and supply two ferries at a total cost of Sh1.8 billion. The first ferry — MV Jambo — was delivered in July 2017 but the second ferry — MV Safari — is yet to be delivered. The firm was to deliver the ferries after 17 months or by November 2016, according to the contract signed on June 27, 2015.The parliamentary Transport Committee sent out Mr Gowa after he failed to disclose the amount of money paid to the manufacturer of the stalled ferry. “This chief executive has never come across as a serious person. There is something he is hiding. There is a serious appetite for people to misappropriate funds in this Ministry,” said Rehama Jaldesa (Isiolo Women Representative). Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria accused the KFS of hatching a plot to inflate the cost of the contract through hiring a consultant way after the contract was signed.“Somewhere in March 2017, you procured consultant when the contract was signed in 2015. A month thereafter, you varied the contract upward to Sh2.1 billion in the name of fast-tracking the project,” he said.

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