Questions over Sh3bn defective jets
A National Assembly committee wants the Ministry of Defence to explain how it spent Sh2.9 billion to buy old and defective fighter jets, and spare parts.
This comes after Auditor-general Edward Ouko questioned the deal. Mr Ouko, in his 2015/16 report, says the procurement of seven junk fighter jets from Royal Jordanian Air Force at Sh1.6 billion was sealed through a government-to-government deal in April 2007, when Mr Zachary Mwaura was the Principal Secretary.
Interestingly, the planes have never been flown since they arrived in the country. Instead, they have been used as spare parts. The report has also questioned the Sh1.3 billion incurred in the procurement of spare parts through restricted tendering from a company rather than getting them directly from the aircraft manufacturer.
When he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee, Defence PS Torome Saitoti failed to properly explain the mode of procurement.
When the committee sought to know why the aircraft had never been flown since their delivery, Mr Saitoti asked for the matter to be “interrogated away from the glare of the media, owing to its sensitivity”.