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EXPOSED: Communications Authority (CAK) Caught Pants Down In Bottled Water Tender Scandal



Jane Rotich, Supply Chain Management at (CAK)

Attempts by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) to cancel a tender reserved for persons living with disabilities hit a dead end after the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board ordered the evaluation committee to proceed with the tender to its logical conclusion.

The Communications Authority of Kenya had advertised tender No. CA/SCM/OT/03/2023-2024 for supply and delivery of bottled drinking water to CA Center and regional offices, a tender that was reserved for PLWD’s owned firms. The deadline for the tender opening was April 4, 2023. During the opening tender on October 4, 2023, 16 tenderers were recorded as having submitted their respective tenders. At the end of the evaluation stage, 15 firms were found to be unresponsive, with only one tender from Jampuam Company Ltd. qualifying to proceed to the financial evaluation stage.

At the end of the evaluation stage, the evaluation committee found out that Jampuam’s tender was the lowest bidder and therefore qualified to be awarded the tender at Ksh. 24,560,400 against the CA’s budget of Ksh. 29,700,000. Accordingly, the evaluation committee recommended the award of the tender to Jampuam Company.

The committee also recommended the award of supply and delivery of branded 500-ml bottled water packed in a carton of 24 bottles when needed at a total cost of Ksh. 1,400 and that the prices would be valid for 3 years. However, in a professional opinion dated October 17, 2023, by the CA’s acting director, Supply Chain Management Jane Rotich, she noted that the quotation for hiring water dispensers was similar to that of buying a new dispenser at the market rate and that Jampuam’s quotation for branded IL reusable drinking water bottles was also above market rates.

Accordingly, Rotich recommended termination of the tender and retendering for the supply and delivery of drinking water. She also recommended that an outright purchase of dispensers with disposable cups and bottled water be competitively sourced under promotional items. On November 7, Jampuam’s Company requested a review. The Board, while challenging Cherotich’s claim that Ksh. 2,300n was on the higher side, conducted a market survey and found the contrary.

According to the head of procurement at Quickmart Supermarket, they quoted between Ksh. 200 and Ksh. 2,400 for unbranded bottles; Jampuam quoted Ksh. 2,400, which is within the range; Carrefour Supermarket quoted between Ksh. 1,950 and Ksh. 2,450 for unbranded bottles; and Naivas Supermarket quoted Ksh. 1,900.

Whereas Rotich’s remark that Jampuam’s quote of Ksh. 24,000 for the hire of water dispensers was above the market rate, but the board’s market analysis reveals otherwise. Naivas Supermarket presented two quotes of Ksh. 22,995 and Ksh. 24,995 for the Milka and Von brands, respectively. Jampuam had quoted Ksh. 24,000, which falls within the range. Carrefour also gave two quotations of Ksh. 21,399 and Ksh. 24,895 for Ramtoms and Von brands; Jampuam’s quote therefore falls within the range.

The ruling by the board dated November 28, 2023 reads, “From the foregoing, it is apparent that the conclusion that the head of procurement made in respect of the market survey was faulty.” Further, the board noted, “Accordingly, it was erroneous for a recommendation to be made to the respondent to terminate the procurement proceedings in the subject tender based on the faulty conclusions of the market survey.”.

The final orders read, “The respondent’s letter dated October 24, 2023, addressed to tenderers and terminating CA/SCM/OT/03/2023-2024 for supply and delivery of bottled drinking water at the CA center and regional offices, a tender which was reserved for PLWD’s owned firms, is hereby set aside.”.

The board further ordered CA to “ensure the tender proceeds to its lawful and logical conclusion, taking into account the findings of the board herein.

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From Traditional Healers to Online Scammers: The Evolution of Witch Doctor Blackmail



Witch Doctor
  • Breaking News: Witch Doctor Exposes Governor Fernandez Barasa in Shocking Blackmail Scam

A man who alledgly threatened to expose Kakamega governor Fenandez  Barasa’s nudes and demanded a total of Sh240M has been charged at a Kibera Court.

Mr.William Simiyu Matere alias Elijah was charged before Chief Magistrate Ann Mwangi where he denied the charges.

The court heard that the accused person with others not before the court conspired to defraud to commit a Felony and demanded property with Menace and extorted the governor.

According to our insiders who are aware of the matter, the accused persons had some nude photos of the governor and used them to extort him contrary to the law.

Before he was charged in court , the police had obtained custodial orders from the same court so that they could complete their investigations.

He denied the charges and was released on bond

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Government’s Decision: Kiamaiko Slaughterhouse to Cease Operations



Kiamaiko Slaughterhouse
  • Controversy Surrounds Closure of Kiamaiko Slaughterhouse by Government

This complies with a court order issued on July 28, 2022, which mandates the cessation of operations at these facilities to uphold environmental and health standards.

The team led by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) agreed to withdraw all the Government services offered to Kiamaiko Slaughter Houses.

They include the Veterinary Services of meat inspection, public health services, and issuance of Single business permits offered by the Nairobi City County and the services offered by the Nairobi water and sewerage company.

“The decision to enforce closure stems from longstanding concerns regarding the handling of blood and offal, as well as the improper treatment of wastewater discharge, as outlined in the Water Quality Regulations of 2006,”

Since 2013, negotiations have been rife to facilitate the relocation of operations to a licensed site by March 31, 2022, in Njiru, Nairobi.

The multi-agency emphasized that the intention behind these enforcement measures wasn’t aimed at impeding the legitimate trade of meat or the operation of butcheries.

“Rather, the focus is squarely on addressing the specific deficiencies observed within the slaughterhouse facilities themselves which degrade the environment,”

In 2015, the National Environment Management Authority issued a directive ordering for the closure of 15 slaughterhouses in Nairobi’s Kiamaiko.

Nema has been accusing the slaughterhouses of lacking a proper waste management system. However, seven years later, the slaughterhouses are still in operation.

The operators continue to discharge untreated liquid waste into the river.

Kiamaiko is in Eastlands, 12 km from the city center.The traders moved to the site, now popular with goat meat consumers, in 1996.

About 300-400 livestock are slaughtered at the facility daily. The abattoirs release the untreated solid waste into the Nairobi River leading to complains.

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Scandal Alert: Prof. Nick Wanjohi’s Involvement in Gun Drama



Prof. Nick Wanjohi


  • In the Spotlight: The Controversial Gun Drama of Prof. Nick Wanjohi

  • Breaking News: Prof. Nick Wanjohi Caught in Gun Drama

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Tension is high at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) following an altercation between a former aide to late President Mwai Kibaki and a senior lecturer.

Prof Nick Wanjohi, a former Vice-Chancellor at the university, who also served in President Kibaki’s administration as Comptroller of State House and later as his Private Secretary, is said to have joined his bodyguards who drew their pistols to confront, Dr Sylvester Kiptoo, following differences over allocation of a lecture room.

The bodyguards are said to have forced the lecturer from the lecture room in con- tention brandishing pistols after roughing him up.

The last Thursday afternoon incident has prompted lecturers at JKUAT to threaten to down tools with the Universities Academic Staff Union (UASU) calling for calm as the management handles the matter.

It has also raised questions over the behaviour of armed bodyguards assigned to some senior lecturers, particularly those who return to universities after serving in influential positions in government.

It has also not been established under what circumstances Wanjohi has remained with his armed bodyguards, more than ten years since he left his assignments in government.

Grievous action

The university’s UASU chapter secretary general Dr Shadrak Muya said they were handling the matter as a misunderstanding between two colleagues.
“It is advisable for you to get official communication from the Vice Chancellor’s office as the matter involves staff members,” Dr Muya told the media.

The UASU university chapter chairman Dr Muiga Rugara wants the institution to urgently address the conduct of some bodyguards assigned to some lecturers. “UASU will take up the matter and make sure the good professor will be informed on how grievous his action were in terms of the security of his colleague and the examination process. The university management will also be required to address the matter of dons’ security amidst armed guards and the shortage of lecture halls,” Dr Rugara told lecturers in an internal memo.

Reached for comment, Prof Wanjohi
referred questions to the Vice Chancellor, though he appeared to blame the in- cident on the management for allocating two events to take place in one room at the same time.

“The management should explain to you why they decided to allocate one room, two events at the same time. Though they are handling the matter, they are to blame for the confusion,” the one time JKUAT Vice Chancellor said on phone.

Prof Wanjohi declined to comment on the matter that he described as “minor,” insisting that the university management was already handling it.

Special exams

Drama is said to have begun on Thursday morning when Prof Wanjohi and his bodyguards arrived at one of the lecture halls where he had been scheduled to con- duct some lessons only to find Dr Kiptoo supervising students re-siting supplemen- tary examinations.

The former VC is then said to have or- dered his junior colleague to halt the exam- inations, relocate to another lecture room and leave the one in contention for him.

But Dr Kiptoo, who says in his statement to the university management that he had not recognised Prof Wanjohi, insisted on continuing with the exercise, infuriating the former VC.

“Maybe Prof Wanjohi did not commu- nicate about the ongoing special supple- mentary exams and may have been think- ing I knew him and his VIP,” Dr Kiptoo observesinhisstatementtotheuniversity management.

Kiptoo goes on to state: “He did not speak to me nor my chairman of department (CoD) whom I had contacted on phone. I asked them whether we could handle the situation differently since I was
halfway through the process but he didn’t answer me. I tried to take a snapshot of the incident just that I can address it later but the next thing I saw was my phone flying and a person who I later learnt is his security was pulling me out of the room.”

Yesterday, Dr Kiptoo declined to comment on the matter which he described as “sensitive and was being handled by the university management.

“This is a very sensitive matter that I am not in a position to handle, but you can get everything from either the VC’s office or UASU JKUAT chapter,” Dr Kiptoo told People Daily.

Lecturers say that JKUAT is experiencing a shortage of lecture halls, a situation that has occasionally led to clashes between lecturers.

Due to the shortage, the university usually reserves some special rooms for students sitting examinations, be they supplementary or special ones.

By the time of going to press, JKUAT VC Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi was yet to respond to our e-mail sent to his office, inquiring about the official position.

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