Parastatal in questionable supply deal
The State-owned Numerical Machining Complex Ltd––best known for manufacturing the infamous Nyayo Pioneer car––is in the news again. On Friday the Privatisation Commission advertised for consultants to advise the government on what to do with the expensive machinery and equipment imported as far back as 1993 for the ill-conceived automobile project. What is intriguing is that even as the Privatisation Commission was seeking advice on what to do with the 20-year-old machines in Numerical’s shops, the company is in the middle of a buying spree for new equipment.
It has also budgeted to buy stand-by generators for an estimated Sh136 million. Last week, Industrialisation and Entrepreneurship Secretary Aden Mohammed wrote to the board of the company demanding an explanation about the procurement of the new equipment.
“We have written to the company to ask them to explain what is happening there on the issue of procurement,” Mr Mohammed told Sunday Nation. Numerical Machining Complex is a parastatal under the ministry of Industrialisation.
Its chairman is a former private secretary of President Kibaki, Prof Nick Wanjohi.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Daily Nation