April 30th 2017

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Duale firm receives Sh157 million for partitioning two floors at National Construction Authority

In one new case, Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Ltd last year received Sh157 million for the partitioning of two floors of the new headquarters of the National Construction Authority at the new Kenya Commercial Plaza in Upper Hill Nairobi.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 10 Jan 2017 14:28 EAT

Majority Leader Aden Duale. (Courtesy/The Star).

As the majority leader in the National Assembly continues to smart from allegations that he incited violence against members of the Kamba community living in Garissa County, with investigating authorities deemed as too lenient to him, details are filtering about the enormous fortunes the MP has made since his appointment to the apex of the ruling party's parliamentary leadership four years ago.

The latest information indicates that firms linked to Mr Duale have got millions-shilling-worth of contracts from government entities, with his specialty being the partitioning of offices for government agencies moving head offices or modifying existing designs. In one new case, Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Ltd, of which the MP was a founding director, last year received Sh157 million for the partitioning of two floors of the new headquarters of the National Construction Authority at the new Kenya Commercial Bank Plaza in Upper Hill Nairobi.

Valuers who spoke to us contended that Sh157 million was an astounding amount to use on partitioning office space, but the company got the tender even though some others quoted much lower prices for the same job. Some 29 companies bought tender documents for the job when the NCA advertised it. A valuer from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development who spoke to this website on condition of anonymity said the tender was "grossly inflated. This money, taken together with the rent being paid for just the first three years, could have built the NCA a permanent headquarters," said the valuer.

Mr Duale's association with Concordia was first reported by the Daily Nation, which unearthed the MP's benefitting from contracts valued at Sh400 million from the Geothermal Development Corporation, a parastatal whose top officials were eventually removed from office for high level corruption. The Nation reported that Concordia and another Duale-owned company, Nomad Palace Hotel Limited, were awarded the contracts by GDC at a time when Parliament's Justice and Legal Affairs Committee was piling pressure on the corporation's directors over corruption.

According to the Nation report, the two companies shared a postal address. When Concordia was founded, the paper reported, the directors were listed as Mr Aden Duale and Mr Abdi Yakub Duale. However, records at the Registrar of Companies show that a month after Concordia got the contract to partition the GDC office in Nairobi’s South C, the directorship of the company changed to Mr Abdi Yakub Duale and Marian Mohamed Hassan.

"Reporting the company's directors' meeting minutes dated September 12, 2014 and attended by Aden Bare Duale, Abdi Yakub Duale and Marian Mohammed Hassan, along with lawyer Fredrick Orego, the Majority Leader resigned as director and transferred his shares to Marian Mohamed Hassan," the article indicated, adding that the changes saw Abdi Yakub Duale given 699 shares while Marian Mohammed Hassan got one share.

But even as the Nation was unearthing the GDC tenders in August 2015, the company was on the verge of landing the NCA tender number NCA/T/07/2014-2015 which was awarded just a month later.

NCA is an autonomous parastatal in the Ministry of Infrastructure with the mandate to regulate construction standards in the country. It moved into the KCB Plaza last year.

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