Why Mutahi Ngunyi failed to meet MPs to answer questions on NYS millions
Political analyst, Mutahi Ngunyi, on Wednesday morning failed to appear before the National Assembly Public Accounts Committee, telling the team that he had not received the summons.
PAC chair Nicholas Gumbo said that the committee had used an email that was different from what Mr Ngunyi currently uses. The committee has now rescheduled the Mr Ngunyi’s grilling to next week.
“Mr Ngunyi had written a letter, saying he did not understand how he was paid Sh12.5 million. We used all the details in the letter we received and we even have a signed delivery of the offices where his offices are based,” Mr Gumbo told journalists at Parliament Buildings.
“I have just talked to him and he has said he did not receive the summons, because it seems we used an email that he no longer uses. We will have to reschedule for some time next week.”
Mr Ngunyi was to be grilled by the PAC over the procedure, tendering and the qualifications of his firm, The Consulting House, to receive contracts worth a total of Sh90 million from the National Youth Service.
“We will be interested in knowing how the Sh90 million was arrived at, and if Kenyans got value for their money. We would like to understand the whole process from the tender notice, the tender adjudication and the tender award, with all the minutes from the Ministerial Tender Committee,” Mr Gumbo told journalists.
The committee will also seek to understand how the consulting done by Mr Ngunyi’s TCH was valued.
“Consultancy contracts are based on costs drawn by a recognized body, if one is a member. If you are not, cost of service is based on quality, time and cost. We will want to know how this figure was arrived at,” said Mr Gumbo.
Mr Ngunyi’s firm, The Consulting House, was hired to restructure the service in what later came to be referred to as the NYS 5-Point Vision.
It had two contracts — one signed in March 2014 for Sh40 million and another for Sh50 million signed on October 13, 2014. The first one was fulfilled and Mr Ngunyi was paid.
However, it was in the second one that Auditor-General Edward Ouko discovered that he was paid Sh62.5 million, which was 25 per cent more than the agreed contractual sum of Sh50 million.
“Further enquiries revealed that the payment of Sh12.5 million on April 21, 2015 was done using a copy of (the) invoice dated March 11, 2015, which had been used to support an earlier payment of the same amount done on March 16, 2015,” the Auditor-General said.
At 2pm, the PAC will grill directors of a company called Out of the Box Solutions Ltd for a contract for publicity for the Planning Department, at a cost of Sh302.46 million.