- Ownership of the company could put Mr Duale in conflict with procurement laws.
- Mr Duale sent to us the national ID and passport photos of the other Aden Bare Duale, but said he did not have his mobile number.
- In April 2016, Concordia bagged another Sh573 million to improve the Kahawa and Kikuyu railway stations.
A firm believed to be associated with Garissa Township MP and National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has been awarded government tenders worth Sh2.6 billion over the last ten years, a Nation investigation has revealed.
However, Mr Duale was Thursday quick to distance himself from the company.
On Thursday evening, he sent us the identification documents of the man he claims owns Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Limited, the firm in the multi-billion-shilling tender mystery.
Ownership of the company could put Mr Duale in conflict with procurement laws, which prohibit State officers from doing business with the government.
Section 59 of the Public Procurement and Disposal Act is explicit on the participation of State officers in government tenders, noting that “a State organ or public entity shall not enter into a contract for a procurement… with State and public officers”.
Interestingly, Mr Duale sent to us the national ID and passport photos of the other Aden Bare Duale, but said he did not have his mobile number.
Also, the signatures on the identification documents neither tallied with those on the tender documents nor with the Majority Leader’s signature on his passport, thus begging the question: Who owns Concordia?
“I want to confirm to you that that person, Aden Bare Duale, is not me,” said the Garissa Town MP.
“It’s a different person. I can even send you his ID card number. I’m not in that company and I have never owned (such) a company in my life. Whenever people want to extort me, this story comes up.”
Documents in our possession show that Concordia Building and Civil Engineering Company Limited, a firm whose other director is Abdi Yakub Duale, has been a key contractor in dozens of government projects.
The majority leader has a brother with a similar name.
The Nation has in its possession documents indicating that, in the last 10 years, the company has won tenders worth more than Sh2.6 billion.
The said Mr Duale and Mr Yakub formed the company under Certificate of Incorporation number 144127, given by S. M. Ndisya for the Registrar of Companies.
The company won its first big contract, worth Sh185 million, to partition an office belonging to the Geothermal Development Corporation (GDC).
When the matter became public, the majority leader refused to comment.