Although taxpayers paid a Chinese language agency Sh4.2 billion for no work achieved on a brand new terminal at Jomo Kenyatta Worldwide Airport (JKIA), they might should fork out billions extra.

The contractors — Anhui Building Engineering Group Ltd (ACEG), in a three way partnership with China Aero-Expertise Worldwide Engineering Company (CATIC) — are demanding Sh17 billion in compensation for the cancellation of their contract.

The cash is the cumulative quantity as of November 2017, however the determine is far increased now. The Sh64 billion Greenfield contract was terminated in March 2016.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) executives, led by Managing Director Jonny Andersen, on Thursday advised the Nationwide Meeting’s Public Funding Committee that they won’t pay.

INVALID CLAIM

Mr Andersen advised lawmakers that the authority had as an alternative made a counterclaim for the Sh4.2 billion already paid. He added that Transport Cupboard Secretary James Macharia had taken up the matter and was in talks with the corporate.

Former Legal professional-Basic Githu Muigai had additionally objected to the compensation demand. In his advisory opinion on the contract evaluation, Prof Muigai, in a letter tabled earlier than the committee on Thursday, stated that when a contract is terminated, the contractor has no rights and obligations to demand compensation.

“Accordingly, ACEG-CATIC can’t declare or preserve an motion towards KAA for compensation towards any works achieved pursuant to an unlawful contract. Equally, KAA can’t profit from the works achieved by ACEG-CATIC pursuant to the void contract.

“It’s, due to this fact, advisable that events interact … with out prejudice to decide on a free of charge foundation any prices incurred to date, and KAA ought to make sure that it receives a guaranty from the contractor that it’s going to make no additional claims on the contract,” Mr Muigai stated.

SCANDAL

The committee, chaired by Mvita MP Abdullswamad Nassir, raised issues that Kenyans might should pay billions of shillings for a grassy discipline.

“That is actually fascinating and is popping out to be a worse scandal than even Anglo Leasing,” stated committee vice chairman Ahmed Abdisalan Ibrahim.

“The Chinese language firm — Anhui Building Engineering Group Ltd — must be investigated. A lot cash has been paid and there’s nothing to point out for it. That is pure fraud,” added Kirinyaga Girl Consultant Purity Ngirici.

Moreover the Sh4.2 billion, one other Sh75 million had been paid for the ground-breaking achieved by President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2013. Additionally paid have been consultants (Sh129 million) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (Sh7 million).

CONTRACT BREACH

The proposed terminal, whose price was put at Sh64,745,354,325, was to have a ground space of 178,000 sq. metres with a capability for 8.7 million passengers a yr.

However KAA terminated the contract and requested Anhui to vacate the positioning.

In a letter to the corporate, KAA cited 4 cases of breach of contract. Notable amongst these was that it excluded 16 per cent VAT from the contract value and that the agency started working earlier than financing was secured for the undertaking, flouting request-for-proposal guidelines.