Kebs de­nies Sh4.5 bil­lion pay­out to Swiss com­pany

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business -

WEITERE MWITA/ The Kenya Bu­reau of Stan­dards has de­nied claims that it is paying a monthly fee of Sh4.5 bil­lion to a Swiss com­pany in a con­tract said to be a du­pli­ca­tion of role. Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Charles Ong­wae yes­ter­day said such a con­tract does not ex­ist. He said Kebs, a state-run agency re­spon­si­ble for the adop­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion of stan­dards for both im­ported and do­mes­ti­cally man­u­fac­tured prod­ucts, “is func­tion­ally in­ca­pable of rais­ing the amount men­tioned, let alone pay a sin­gle firm”.

Ong­wae said Kebs op­er­ates a Pre-ship­ment Ver­i­fi­ca­tion of Con­form­ity pro­gramme to pro­tect Kenyans from sub­stan­dard goods, and has con­tracted Chi­nese firm SGS, Bu­reau Ver­i­tas, In­tertek, China Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Qual­ity In­spec­tion Ser­vices – a Ja­panese mo­tor ve­hi­cle in­spec­tion firm – to assess stan­dards.

“Th­ese are in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies of re­pute . Their con­tracts end in Jan­uary 2018 for the three im­port in­spec­tion com­pa­nies, and 2018 March for QISJ,” Ong­wae said. The in­spec­tion fee is paid di­rectly by im­porters to the com­pa­nies, and Kebs gets 27 per cent in roy­al­ties.


Kebs man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Charles Ong­wae

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