Sonko in a mess for awarding 208M for garbage collection

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City Hall is yet again on the spot for awarding a firm a Sh278 million two-year contract for garbage collection in the city centre to a company with no experience in waste management.

Aende Group director Derrick Aende, appearing before a Nairobi County Assembly’s Environment Committee on Tuesday, admitted that when his firm bid for the tender, it had no prior experience in garbage collection.

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“The company had no prior experience in garbage collection but the personnel had,” said Mr Aende, adding that the firm had only 15 secretariat members and 52 stewards against a required 200 stewards to clean the city centre.

It was also revealed that the company, which beat three others, had only been in existence for only 78 days as opposed to at least one-year experience required for such tenders.

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Interested firms were required to have between one and five years of experience in waste collection and transport among other qualifications, according tender evaluation documents.

Aende Group was registered on June 6, 2018 and on September 18 won the tender which was advertised on August 24, 2018, before signing the deal with the county on October 2.

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The firm beat Creative Consolidated System, a firm that had been collecting garbage within the city centre since 2013 with a bid of Sh316.9 million. Kemnest Investment and Janel Agencies had the lowest bid at Sh190.7 million.

The committee said that the tendering process flouted all the public procurement laws and was marred in illegalities, key among them missing documents.

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