Fact-check: Ketraco denies floating tender for supply of mursik milk
The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (Ketraco) has denied floating a tender for bidders to supply fermented milk, commonly referred to as mursik which is popular among the Kalenjin community.
The company was forced to go public after a doctored advert circulated online stating the organization is seeking a tender for the supply and delivery of the traditional gourd-fermented delicacy.
In the circulated tender on May 9, 2023, the power transmission company was purported to have called for a bidder to supply mursik.
“KETRACO now invites tenders from interested and eligible firms to bid for the tenders given for supply and delivery of Mursik,” the doctored advert read in part.
A fact-check by Nairobi News revealed the advert was doctored, and it has been confirmed that the genuine copy of the advert does not list mursik among the tenders.
The company had called for bidders for only four tenders, namely the supply and transmission of personal protective equipment, procurement of transmission line insulators for overhead lines maintenance works (listed as the first and second tenders, respectively).
In the fake tender, it had purportedly listed mursik as the fifth item the electricity transmission company had placed.
KETRACO placed the attached advertisement in The Standard Newspaper on April 25th, 2023.
Please follow the instructions on the tender from KETRACO Website https://t.co/rTaiKxF8WI pic.twitter.com/sP5Nsn7dkt
— KETRACO (@KETRACO1) May 9, 2023
Ketraco, is a state corporation mandated to plan, design, construct, operate, own, and maintain high-voltage national electricity transmission grids and regional power interconnectors.
Last month, Dr John Mativo was appointed as its new managing director for a three-year term with immediate effect.
Dr Mativo’s appointment was announced by Ketraco board chairman Abdi Duale on Tuesday.
Before his appointment, he was the acting General Manager project services, he beat eight other candidates for the post which attracted 194 applicants.
Dr Mativo will be tasked with ensuring a smooth transition of the system operator role from Kenya Power to Ketraco. This will see Ketraco controlling the energy mix fed into the grid.
He will also be tasked with facilitating the transfer of Kenya Power’s transmission assets to Ketraco, a process that began last year with the valuation of the assets to enable the transfer.