Call to probe how poll materials were transported

Barasa Kundu Nyukuri a petitioner seeking the removal of IEBC commissioners makes his presentation to the joint Justice and legal affairs committee and CIOC in Parliament yesterday.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE

A petitioner who wants Parliament to speed up the removal of IEBC officers has urged MPs to investigate a private company that used state lorries to transport election materials and was paid millions.

In his submissions to the National Assembly Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, Barasa Nyukuri (pictured) said Alhamdul Company was irregularly paid Sh560,000 per trip to transport election materials from the Jomo Kenyattta International Airport to the commission’s warehouse in Industrial Area. This was made just before the March 4, 2013 general elections.

The firm transported materials to 17 regions, 290 constituencies and 34,000 polling stations.

Barasa wants commissioner Albert Bwire, who chairs the finance committee and then transport manager Osman Mohamed – now an administrator– summoned to explain why the government lorries were used to transport the materials.

“In view of the information, I am presenting before this committee, it is important that this matter be investigated. There is also information the company was registered after the payments had been made,” Barasa said. He said IEBC chairman Isaack Hassan and the eight commissioners lack integrity and competence to conduct credible elections. “They should also bring to this committee the minutes for the approval of transport rates and the invoices, delivery notes, payment schedules, duly signed vouchers and account names and numbers of the transport companies that were paid,” he said.

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