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Mandera airport project stalls as Procurement review board overturns award of contract

By NJ Correspondent:

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in Wargadud a week ago where they flagged off construction of the airport among other projects.

A mega airport construction project in Mandera County is set to stall after Public Procurement Administrative Review Board overturned the tender award prompting one of the previous winners of the contract to move to court.

The standoff comes barely a week after President Uhuru and his deputy William Ruto launched the Shs608 million airport in Wargadud, Mandera County.

Alawahad Enterprises and Concordia Build and Civil Engineering, two companies linked to a top jubilee politician were jointly awarded the tender according to documents seen by a local daily.

However, the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board overturned the tender award and instructed KAA to award it to SEO and Sons Limited, terming Concordia Build and Civil Engineering and Alawahad Enterprises “non-responsive”.

The board recommended that Alawahad and Concordia’s applications be re-admitted for technical and financial evaluation.

Alawahad has since moved to court to stop the construction.

The project is the second one to run into complications after the Presidential launch.

In Garissa, the Nuno-Modogashe road has also been drawn into a tug of war after the local community threatened to move to court accusing the government of forcefully taking over communal land.


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