The anomaly was revealed by the firm’s director Derrick Aende when he appeared before the House Committee on Environment. City Hall is on the spot over the award of a Ksh273.3 million contract for the collection of garbage in the city center last September. Aende Group, the firm that won the contract, was only registered last June as opposed to at least one-year experience required for firms to qualify as stated by the tender evaluation committee.
Interested firms were required to have between one and five years of experience in waste collection and transport among other qualifications, according to tender evaluation documents. “The evaluation panel indicated the company had five years of experience and the firm’s director gave a commitment to the committee that the company was registered in June, so that gives you a clear indication of malpractice in the procurement,” committee member Silas Matara said. Documents seen by Business Daily show that City Hall hired Aende Group on September 12 to sweep the streets, empty litter bins and dispose of the waste.
Aende beat three other firms including Creative Consolidated System that had been collecting garbage within the city centre since 2013. Other firms were Kemnest Investment and Janel Agencies.