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Sh468m NYS theft contracts awarded after tender period - 3 weeks ago, 17:50

By: Sam Kiplagat

Contracts linked to the loss of Sh468 million at the National Youth Service (NYS) were awarded outside the stipulated tendering period, the court heard on Wednesday.

Julius Kiplagat Kandie, a witness in the trial of 32 people implicated in the loss, said that although seven companies had qualified for award of contracts, the ministerial tender committee, which he chaired in 2011, awarded contracts to 10 firms.

Mr Kandie told the court while being cross-examined by lawyer Migos Ogamba that the tender validity period was 120 days but the contracts were signed about 140 days later, some 22 days after the expiry of the period.

Pushed further, the witness admitted that as per the law, anything signed outside the validity period, in the absence of an extension, is null and void.

He said there is no record showing that there was an extension of the period. He added that although it was the ministerial committee ...
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