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Government no longer abolishes Liwatoni Fishing Project Ksh1 Over Corruption –

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The government has canceled the Ksh1 billion Liwatoni Fisheries project over corruption allegations.

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Daniel’s Outlets Ltd had been awarded a project to upgrade the building into a full fishing port with cold storage rooms, value addition and export equipment.

However, Sunday Nation reports that the government terminated the contract after the company violated the terms of the contract.

Among the allegations leading to the cancellation of the tender are shortcomings in procurement, which have drawn the attention of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

“In accordance with its constitutional and legal mandate, the EACC has launched an investigation into allegations of procurement violations in a tender leading to the awarding of contracts,” EACC CEO Mbraka Twalib said in a letter to PS on April 1, 2021.

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The company was ordered to leave the site “immediately” after two government officials exchanged applause on the site, fighting for control of the project. The two include Mr Hilary Nyaanga, chief engineer in the department, and Construction Secretary Alphonce Okwetto.

Payments to the contractor have also been suspended pending an investigation by the EACC.

“We suggest that any payments related to the contract here be suspended pending an investigation,” added Mr Mbarak.

The cancellation came after Interior Minister Fred Matiang’i visited the project in February, where he expressed concern over the pace of implementation of the project, which is considered a key part of Kenya’s blue economy.

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