Kenya Maritime Authority denies corruption allegations of tendering process

Kenya Maritime Authority denies corruption allegations of tendering process

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Members of the civil society together with Kenya Maritime Authority workers demonstrate outside KMA offices on Monday morning. KMA has come out to deny the corruption allegations. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: Kenya Maritime Authority has come out to defend itself following the allegations by the Mombasa Civil Society groups early this week.

The civil society held a protest outside the KMA offices on Monday calling for disbandment of the board over the alleged malpractices.

In a press release on Wednesday, The Kenya Maritime Authority commented on the matter of issuing tenders saying that all tenders at KMA are handled according to the public procurement and assets act.

The petitioners who participated in the said tenders were required to write a complaints officially to the KMA instead of holding protests.

“We advice that such tenders complaints be forwarded to the Public Procurement Oversight Authority or the Public Procurement Review Board by referring to the specific tender.” The press reads.

On the issue of recruitment, KMA added that the process is guided by the core values of transparency according to the constitution and the KMA act.

Among the groups who protested against the Authority on Monday were the Mombasa Civil Society Forum which accused the authority for the cases of corruption, favoritism and abuse of public resources.

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Meanwhile the Genesis Human Rights director Caleb Ngwena protested that the KMA has not had any director general since the expire of the then Nancy Karigithu’s term 8 months ago.