Kenya Power switches off poles cartel - 5 months ago, 23 Sep 00:20
Kenya Power has finally suspended involvement of a close-knit but powerful business cartel in vetting suppliers of electricity poles following a Saturday Standard expose in July.
At the same time, the Government has said it will procure transformers directly from manufacturers to enhance safety and integrity for consumers.
In a letter addressed to Kenya Wood Preservers Association (Kewopa), Kenya Power acting Supply Chain General Manager Joyce Ochieng said pole suppliers would no longer need the organisation’s nod to supply the company.
“You are hereby notified that the requirement for Kewopa membership certificate and joint factory acceptance tests has been suspended awaiting review. The qualification and eligibility requirements shall be detailed in each tender,” Ms Ochieng wrote in the letter dated September 10.
The letter also said Kenya Power would now be undertaking periodic factory acceptance tests and factory inspection “which shall form the basis for contract performance assessment and consequently advise ...
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