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Uhuru Faults Ruling on sh 200 High Grand Falls Dam Project

President Uhuru Kenyatta has waded into the tendering controversy of the Sh200 billion High Grand Falls Dam, criticising the High Court ruling that quashed the contract.

The single largest government undertaking after the standard gauge railway — has been dogged by tendering disputessince February 2017.The President said the implementation of the project had been delayed unnecessarily for years by courts.

He spoke while addressing judges during the launch of the 2018/2019 "State of Judiciary and Administration of Justice Annual Report".

The case pitted two State agencies — the National Irrigation Board (NIB), which had sued the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) — but the aggrieved parties have vowed to contest the ruling.

The contract to build the dam in Kitui and Tharaka Nithi counties had been won competitively by London-based firms GBM Engineering and ERG Consortium.

The highly anticipated ruling was delivered as President Kenyatta prepared to meet foreign investors during the inaugural UK — Africa Investment Summit in London.

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Timothy Omondi