Was Kaindi sacked over Sh 12 billion police equipment procurement?


08 Sep 2015 | by
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Was Kaindi sacked over Sh 12 billion police equipment procurement?

Could the outgoing Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi been removed from office over disagreement on the twelve billion police procurement deal?.......

Could the outgoing Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi been removed from office over disagreement on the twelve billion police procurement deal?The Gazette Weekly has established that Kaindi and the Kenya Police Service were not involved in the procurement of bullet proof vests, helmets, armored vehicles and guns that were being procured by Interior ministry principal Secretary Monica Juma.

The PS is said to have even attempted to transfer an Administrative director based at Vigilance House and has declined to respond anything signed by the man. Consequently, the tax payer is poised to incur more costs running into hundreds of millions of shillings in inflated prices in an opaque police equipment procurement deal being supervised by senior officials at the ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

Even after President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to deal with corruption cartels in his office and a government decision to eliminate brokers from multi-billion procurements, brokers and not manufacturers are now involved in the latest police modernization. The well connected companies have ben single sourced to supply the items albeit at inflated prices and that too without the knowledge of the end user who had in the first place requested and received presentations from manufacturers.

Although, the government has insisted it is a government to government deal, the Gazette Weekly has established that the procurement is being done by a Kenyan based company with a Kenya and a Jordanian.Interior and Coordination of National Government has taken the control of the Kenya Police Service procurement but has been unable to wrestle the same from the Administration Police Service and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.The Sh12 billion police procurement is for one hundred and five Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs), helicopters, bullet proof vests for junior officers and VIPs, ballistic helmets, Bomb suits and Thermo Imaging cameras that will help fight terrorism and banditry in the country.

All the items are scheduled to arrive in the country by the end of the year but the first consignment of Sh 2.4 billion worth of bullet proof vests from Jordan is stuck at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) over a Sh 83 million tax which the importer now wants the police to pay making the goods expensive further.The contract agreement was signed between Prime Five Garment Manufacturing Co Ltd and the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.

While Mohammed Hushi Alsharif signed on behalf of Prime Five Garment Manufacturing Co Ltd, Monica Juma signed on behalf of the Interior and Coordination of National Government in a deal witnessed by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett.The consignment of 100 thermo imaging cameras worth US$ 525,000 (Sh 54,495,000) and ten bomb suits worth US$ 288,500(Sh 29,946,300) are being held at the customs department at JKIA over duty that is ordinarily supposed to be paid by the importer.

This makes the goods prohibitively more expensive than what they would have cost had the police locally purchased them.Documents indicate that the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government entered into an agreement with Prime Five Garment Manufacturing Co Ltd of P.O.Box 83714, Amman 11183, Jordan for the supply of 16,985 bullet proof vests for junior officers, six thousand VIP bullet proof vests, 16,985 pieces of ballistic helmets, 100 thermo imaging cameras and ten bomb suits at the costs of US$23,736,628.75 (Sh2,4b).

Local suppliers sell similar thermo imaging cameras at US$ 5,000 (Sh 519,000) per piece but Prime Five Garments Manufacturing Co Ltd is instead supplying each thermo imaging camera at US$ 5250(Sh 544,950) per price and bomb suits at US$ 28,850 (Sh 2,994, 630) per piece.Previous suppliers priced the items at US$ 780(Sh80,964) for each bullet proof vest while Prime Five Garment Manufacturer Co Ltd is charging two hundred dollars more at US$ 985 (Sh102,243). This is Sh 59, 685 more than local suppliers.

Under the terms of the contract, Prime Five Garments Manufacturing Co Ltd would be paid for every partial shipment within thirty days of delivery of the goods and satisfactory, inspection and acceptance by Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.“Payments of the contract price shall be made for every partial shipment within thirty days of delivery of the goods and satisfactory, inspection and acceptance by the procuring entity. In consideration of the payments to be made by the procuring entity to the tenderer as hereinafter mentioned, the tender hereby covenants with the procuring entity to provide the goods and to remedy defects therein in conformity in all respects with the provisions of the contract,” the contract agreement says in part.

The procurement of the said items is only for Kenya Police Service while the Administration Police Service and Directorate of Criminal Investigations are conducting their own procurement.The Interior ministry has also entered a contract with a Chinese company to procure 105 APCs despite the fact that the sample of the vehicles shipped into the country for terrain testing broke down in Kainuk.The contract is besides the fact that a Dubai based armored vehicles manufacturing company Streit Group had made a presentation and offered cheaper armored Landcruiser vehicles that have easy maneuverability to police.

But instead of opting for the Landcruisers which would have been serviced at an already established Toyota Kenya, the Interior ministry chose the Chinese manufacturer who does not have maintenance workshops in the country.The Chinese made APC had to be ferried by a truck back to Nairobi and is currently at the General Service Unit (GSU) headquarters along Thika Super highway. Police will need a workshop for the APCs.The first batch of 50 is expected in the country any time and an additional 55 will be brought in by the end of the year.

Kenya has also chosen to procure over 10,000 MK rifles from Turkey which cost US$ 300 more than the Pakistani made G3 rifles that have been used by police for long.Consequently, the tax payer will pay Sh 311.4 million more for the new batch of guns and lose out on the Sh 200 million worth of spare parts that have always accompanied the G3 rifles order from Pakistan.The Interior Ministry has also awarded a Czech company the contract to overhaul the grounded Russian made Mi 17 helicopters and paid 30 per cent of the costs upfront. The ministry is currently sourcing for the 70 per cent to pay the company for the overhaul.

This is despite the fact that several companies including an Israeli based consortium had offered a package that included trade in and financing for new helicopters.Tenders for the purchase of police aircraft had twice been cancelled without explanations before the Czech company was contracted through single sourcing..South African based company delivered an Italian made Agusta Westland AW139 helicopter at cost Sh900 million with a carrying capacity of 15 passengers through single sourcing.

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