Ngunyi snubs PAC grilling, cites ‘communication hitch’

Political scientist Mutahi Ngunyi yesterday failed to appear before the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to answer to queries raised by the Auditor General about the multi-million-shilling National Youth Service scandal.

Ngunyi wrote to the committee saying he had not received the summons. Committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo confirmed that an old email that Ngunyi no longer uses was used to invite him and he will now be appearing before the team next week.

Another company which benefited from the NYS contracts could not explain how the Sh320 million tender was drafted. The contract, according to Gumbo, had no provisions for default, liability or non-performance.

The contract did not show the obligations of the client with the contracting party hence not binding. Out of the Box Solutions, owned by a former radio presenter Angela Angwenyi, was contracted to do publicity work for the Devolution and Planning ministry.

Angwenyi told the committee that her company was paid Sh90.7 million before work was stopped by the ministry. She could not, however, explain why she had not taken any step to push for the payment of the balance.

Ngunyi had earlier written to the committee, saying he did not understand how he was paid Sh12.5 million by the ministry despite the fact that his contract was for Sh90 million.

Among the issues that Ngunyi is expected to address when he meets the House team include the procedure, tendering and qualifications of his firm, the Consulting House, that got NYS contracts worth Sh90 million. Gumbo said the committee wants Ngunyi to shed right on how the Sh90 million figure was arrived at, and if Kenyans got value for their money.

“We would like to understand the whole process from the tender notice, adjudication and award, with all the minutes from the ministerial tender committee,” Gumbo said. The Auditor General in his report on the NYS projects, said Ngunyi’s firm was contracted to restructure NYS, or the NYS 5-point vision.

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