The report of the inquiry tabled by the Chairman of the departmental committee, G.G. Kariuki, and adopted by Parliament on May 2nd 2007, claims to have confirmed the existence of the ship docked at
Spain and apparently already christened "Jasiri Mombasa".
The report, adopted by Parliament on May 2nd 2007, runs to only 13 pages including an executive summary, and has one annex containing 6 photographs of 4 members of the departmental committee on what we are told is the ship Kenya is meant to pay Ksh 4.6 billion for, and take delivery of.
team make three broad recommendations: first of all it recommends that the Government submit to the International Arbitration Court; secondly it recommends the appointment by the Government of Kenya of an independent survey of the value of the project; and thirdly, it recommends that the Government decide whether or not it wishes to terminate the contract and take the required action.
While we await the imminent report of PriceWaterhouseCoopers
on the 18 Anglo Leasing type security contracts, we would like to point out but a few of the gaping holes in this report.
A reading of the departmental committee's report reveals several curious facts and consequent questions that require answers from G.G. Kariuki
While moving the motion of adoption of the report, the chairman G.G. Kariuki
, confirms these dates when he
said "The navy officer arrived in
Spain in January 2002."
Why is Mr. Kariuki
under such a false impression?
Why does he
say to Parliament that the construction started in March 2003, more than 3 months before the contract was signed?
What exactly is going on?
11. As he
moved the motion for adoption of the report, GG Kariuki also told Parliament that "the committee was assured that this ship was inspected according to the international standards by
Kenya and Lloyd's specifications and other international marine standards."
No less than 4 MPs urged the departmental committees to do so, and Mr. Kariuki
said "as Dr. Murungaru has said, the time has come when we should go and investigate all the 18 projects which have been giving us a very bad image internationally."Two final questions.