Purchase Of Jordanian Fighter Jets Stinks Of High Corruption

The dictatorial government of Kenya under Mwai Kibaki has sent its top military officers to Amman, Jordan to negotiate the purchase of old and dilapidated F-5 Fighter jets. The whole project stinks of corruption and has the hall-marks of previous and dirty scams linked to suspicious purchases and contracts by the failing Kibaki government.

To begin with, Jordan does not manufacture advanced military Aircrafts of the F-5 type. In fact, Jordan is one of the poorest countries in the middle-east whose economy is very unstable. We know that the F-5 Aircrafts are manufactured by Northrop (BAE), a company owned by Americans. A curious question that emerges immediately when the F-5 contract is examined closely is why the Kenyan government does not want to buy the Aircrafts directly from Northrop, choosing instead to purchase them from the Jordanian Royal Air Force. The truth is that Jordan has upgraded its military equipment and is seeking to dump old Aircrafts. Under the circumstances, Kenya is a better dumping ground.

The advantage for the Jordanians is that Kenya has unpatriotic Military Generals mainly drawn from one ethnic group and whose major decisions are influenced by the possibility of corruption. The Kibaki regime is facing elections and the regime needs money to buy and destroy votes in oppositiion strongholds ahead of the coming elections in December. The F-5 Fighter jet project is a clear strategy by the Kibaki dictatorship to defraud the tax payer which will foot the bill at Ksh 2.4 billion.

At the moment, arming the military using such a colossal amount of money should not be a priority for the Kibaki dictatorship especially at a time when Kenyans are starving to death and millions are losing their lives due to lack of basic medicine to treat curable diseases like malaria. Poverty, malnutrition, high death rate and dropping life expectancy are more urgent issues that require urgent funding. The purchase of second hand military equipment at a time when Kenya is not at war is not and should not be a priority.

In Kenya, majority of Kenyans live in slums. The country has become a “tourist attraction” because it has one of the largest slums in the world. This year, more than 300,000 children missed class one because of lack of schools, teachers and basic equipment such as books, desks, blackboards, dusters, chalks etc. To embark on a Ksh 2.4 billion project when there are other urgent areas that deserve economic input is a demonstration of lack of sensitivity and fore-sight on the part of the government. We believe that the main driving force that has blinded the Kibaki regime when it comes to sound investment of tax payer’s money is corruption. It is in this light that the F-5 Fighter jet project needs to be seen.

Apart from bringing the issue to public attention, we call upon patriotic and progressive MPs like Honourable Mwandawiro Mghanga to take up the issue in Parliament. MPs who claim to be the people’s watch dogs should resist this scandal of purchasing second hand Air crafts because under the current crisis, expensive war machines should take a back seat in the country’s priorities.

We condemn the Kabaki’s regime and his corrupt military generals who are more interested in stealing from public coffers in the name of arming the country. The project is a conspiracy between the Kibaki government and the Kings of both Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The agenda is to defraud the Kenyan people of Ksh 2.4 billion. This must not be allowed to happen.

Since independence from Britain, Kenyan armed forces have been spending billions of dollars in military equipment from the West. Today, most of these machines cannot be used because they are either worn out or decrepit.

For example, Strike master jets and Attack planes, Hawkerhunters, Hawks, Caribou, Buffalos, Donniers, F-5 Phantoms, Puma helicopters, Hughes helicopters, Bulldogs, Chimpmunks,Gazelles, Beavers and Harbin Y-12 that were purchased after independence are unusable because they were equipment that were dumped in the country after they became obsolete.

These aircrafts have cost Kenyan tax payer millions of Kenyan shillings in maintenance even though their ability to be used in a modern war-fare is not just questionable but also reduced as a result of advancement in technology. Although they have never been used in war, they are routinely used in military parades and other funny manoeuvres to frighten the public, to create the impression that Kenya is “well armed” and to please the Commander in Chief, President Mwai Kibaki whom, nevertheless, sleeps for sixteen hours a day at State House. The same case applies to military machines owned by the Kenyan navy and the Kenya army.

We would like to remind Kenyan tax payers that our military establishment cannot repair the mighty and old war machines being accumulated by a regime that, from our view, will lose power in December. Already, military equipment like helicopters are being transported to South Africa for repair because our military engineers and technicians are sleeping in the barracks because corruption has permeated the maintenance industry within the Kenya military establishment. If they are not sleeping in the barracks, Kenyan military engineers will be found lazing around at bogus seminars around the world presenting papers.

We wish to add that the Military generals have failed their soldiers in fighting for higher wages and accommodation because men and women in uniform sleep in tents and old British colonial military barracks that are dilapidated.

We propose Ksh.2.4 billions to be used in uplifting Soldiers salaries, accommodation and insurance. To use the money on old aircrafts which Kenya will never use and which the military has no capacity to maintain is a flagrant waste of public resources.

This project is yet another indication that the Kibaki government should suffer a huge and humiliating defeat in the December elections. The degree of corruption we are witnessing today is simply a continuation from where Moi left it and this is another important point which Kenyan voters should note as election campaigns continue.

Martin Ngatia and Munala Wa Munala

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26 comments

  • you are exactly the kind of people who fire up a cause to gain popularity then afterwards ditch it. first, get your facts right. second, thorughly research on military traditions. third, always consider neighbours when you hear a specific country is re-arming. i am a taxpayer(in Kenya) and to me this is sensible. militaries worldwide have been known to buy used planes and then upgradin the avionics and weapons systems if neccessary. for a country like kenya, purchasing new fighters would be costly because first, Nothrop Grumman(not BAE system) no longer produces f-5s hence it would force us to opt for gunships!two the f-5s currently in service were already used when henry kisssinger gave them to us, this underlines the fact that our pygmy economy can’t bear the strain of new western fighter technology. Kenya is currentlly hurriedlly equiping our air force because of the threat posed by sudan. you probably don’t know that the sudanese have armed themselves with 4th generation sukhoi jets. if we can’t beat their quality let us use quantity. and as of today henceforth never use the excuse of ‘people are hungry no need for army’ it’s lame. how do you feed a populus that is under siege? that’s why farmers build fences then plough you nitwits. so next time you right something like this, find time to do a thorugh research because planes like the caribou, chipmunk,gazelle,beaver,hawkerhunters, dornier, hawks and strikemasters were phased out,the latter being sold to botswana. the f-5 is not named phantom but freedomtiger(research man,ai aibu),hughes md-500 helicopter is still a potent machine that’s still operational with tha usaf in Iraq,the y-12 was infact bought in 2001 and is currently the newest plane in the KAF fleet!
    Kenya air force has never had the capacity to service it’s chopers. servicing used to be done locally by experts from Aerospatiale and when their contracts expired they left so KAF went down south. as for salaries, aserviceman is paid ksh 30-35,000 per month just after graduation. now, why should they be paid more? back here in kenya(where you ran away from)we are proud and confident in our military’s ability to defend us. i don’t see why someone in in a frigid, sun-forsaken part of the world should complain about what i’m not complainning about in kenya. or do you think that makes you a heroic crusader in the eyes of the white masters you are sucking up to?GO EAST GO WEST HOME IS BEST.
    -The Price of Peace is Eternal Vigilance!

  • BETT: Although your intervention justifies the Government’s position in beefing up its military prowess, the channels followed in purchasing extra equipment reek of high corruption.

    It’s interesting that after your response, the Nairobi Chronicle documented fishy deals in buying Kenya Airforce fighter jets. Check this link:

    http://nairobichronicle.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/kenya-airforce-buys-junk-fighter-jets/

  • Sir, please read my comment again. I defended the purchase of equipment as sound military logic i didn’t say it’s sound financial logic. We all know corruption is a cancer world wide, even the U.S inflates prices or buys low grade materiel for it’s armies coz of corruption, ever heard of the Osprey controversy?

  • bett, I wonder why you are still defending the Kibaki govt after all the corruption that has been unearthed. Of course corruption exists in the U.S. But unlike Kenya, many people actually go to prison in the U.S. for corruption. So why are you defending Kibaki?

  • Cherry: tafadhali (please) read my posts again and again. nowhere have i said corruption doesn’t exist and nowhere have i defended Kibaki and his poor excuse of a government. I said “I defend the purchase of equipment as sound military logic i don’t say it’s sound financial logic” Please read my posts carefully and take time to understand them before you admonish me. Thank you.

  • Hey guys, Bett is right in this. We must all think of national security and this has nothing to do with the Kibaki regime. Just look at what the neighbours are doing, Ethiopia has 4th generation SU-27 fighter jets as is Sudan with Mig 29s. To the west is Uganda with upgraded Mig 21s and mig 23s. Would you rather we stayed without anything and be pounded to pulp by the neighbours? We should have a deterrence and the F-5 jet fits the bill. It is still top of the range, don’t be cheated.
    Separately, and as Bett correctly observes, the authors of this piece have not done any research before posting their write-up, for instance when did Northrop Grumman the makers of the F-5 tiger II also become BAE? For information BAE is a British company that also make the Hawk while Northrop is American.Also the F-5 tiger II is not the same thing as the F-4 phanthom. These are two different planes. Please research first.

  • let us agree on one thing.we should not distort facts just because you hate mzee kibaki.

    i beg to ask in whose constituency is the slum that has the dubious distinction of being classified as a tourist attraction site?

  • Jeymo,I suppose you are hitting on Raila and Kibera instead of concentrating on the current topic. I give you the following in response to the so-called “tourist attraction site”:

    A Kenyan slum: Raila’s development record by Simon Gakungu

    Raila Odinga is blamed for poverty levels in the Kibera slums but few remember how the Treasury torpedoed his visionary move to build 150,000 houses for the poor. To make matters worse, after coming up with the much-acclaimed housing policy, none other than President Kibaki himself took this docket away from the control of Hon. Raila and put it under Hon. Kimunya, the then Ministry of Lands. The question is founded on faulty reasoning in any case given that Kenyans do not pay taxes to Hon. Odinga. Why are we praising Mwai Kibaki for his government’s successes but looking to pass the buck onto others when the government has failed to address the most abject poverty as seen in these slums? And if Raila Odinga is to blame for Kibera, how will one explain the poverty levels in other slums like Mathare, Soweto and Majengo which are not in Lang’ata constituency?

    The media is also culpable for this skullduggery. A few years ago, a small caption in the inside pages of a local daily captured my mind. Pictured was a lorry that had been loaded with donations of medical supplies worth Ksh. 7 million from the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation. There’s little attention given to these efforts, other than blames on Raila who has continuously fought for democracy.

  • Jeymo:
    have read alot of threads saying raila has not help kibera people,but i need to ask simple qustions

    1. Do the people of kibera pay taxes to raila or goverment?
    2. did raila create kibera slums, or was it there before he become the mp?
    3. do you share your salary with all your poor neigbours?
    4. is it the responsibility of raila or the goverment to eradicate kibera slums?
    5. Is kibera the only slum in kenya, africa, and the world?

    What has Kibaki done about Kagochi, Ragati, Shauri Yako, Majengo, Kiawara, and Kiandutu Slums in his Nyeri neighbourhood?

    Note that Kiandutu and these Nyeri slums have sprouted during Kibaki’s tenure as MP unlike the Kibera Slum which was there long before Raila became MP and which was the direct result of Kibaki’s policies as Minister for Finance for many years since 1963.

  • These are the rantings of two ill informed and whilst well meaning, utterly ignorant characters. Simply googling the armaments in question would allow one to write a much more accurate article. I am a Kenyan and a civilian at that, who has had extensive interaction with the military and maintain a healthy respect for its relevance to my security from external aggression.

    Granted, the two gentle men do have it right in a sense, we do need balance between developmental expenditure and expenditure on security related issues, but like Bett said, it’s got to be yours first before you can develop it.

    Do not make the mistake of trying to oversimplify the issue of slums, as a professional in sustainable development I have seen residents of Kibera refuse to move to facilitate upgrade of the settlement into a better organised more tenable scheme. Let’s not forget that many NGO’s depend on the presence of Kibera, it is a golden goose for many greedy Kenyans living in the more affluent parts of town…It fuels their guzzlers, pays fees in Braeburn e.t.c You catch my drift.
    In addition the government has laudably committed a substantial portion of the budget to initiatives such as C.D.F, Kazi kwa Vijana and the Youth Empowerment fund.

    Please tour your country and see the massive changes and the current infrastructural upgrades and development before running your mouths dispensing one size fits all solutions based on inadequate research. They don’t exist!

  • There is a lot of truth regarding the suspicious purchase of the Jordanian fighter jets, which is the core argument of those that authored this article – “The F-5 Fighter jet project is a clear strategy by the Kibaki dictatorship to defraud the tax payer which will foot the bill at Ksh 2.4 billion”.

    However, Bett and other commentators who understand the technicalities involved, do not seem concerned with the alleged “fraudulent purchase”.

    According to Bett’s comment: “I defend the purchase of equipment as sound military logic i don’t say it’s sound financial logic”

    Can Bett now give us the logic behind buying the junks that could not be used during the “Katiba promulgation” ceremony? Of course, it is due to corruption that the suspected officers and possibly potiticians, decided to buy the useless fighter jets knowing so well that nobody would question them as they enjoyed their spoils.

    Where is our patriotic sense when the Kenya Airforce officers cannot use equipment bought by their Government in order to discharge their duties? They have been failed in this sense by greedy senior officers. They cannot even rehearse using the junks.

    Kudos to Mr. Martin Ngatia and Mr. Munala wa Munala for having raised this matter in 2007.

    Kenyan Parliamentarians are currently unearthing scams behind various procurements and shadow contracts in the Defence Ministry. Today’s Standard Newspaper (October 31, 2010) has alleged that only one jet is airborne out of all the 15, which cost the taxpayer around KSH 2 billion ($23 million) to purchase from Jordan.

    “Senior officers in the Department of Defence told The Standard On Sunday the condition of the 15 fighter jets became a serious concern after engineers doubted their airworthiness during rehearsals to usher in the new Constitution on August 27. Only one has been airborne.

    The officers say, “The saddest thing is that the only jet that ever passed the air-worthiness test did so only after KAF engineers cannibalised one of our own F5 jets to resuscitate one of the newly acquired jets. (This one has also since been grounded). This was to divert attention when politicians became apprehensive about the whole deal.”

    http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/InsidePage.php?id=2000021374&cid=4&ttl=Kenya's ‘new’ fighter jets cannot take off

  • buying an F5 today as your top fighter is like buying old ford cortinas and peogeot 203 and you expect them to compete with top of the range BMWs, toyota VX and subaru imprezas. for Gods sake the ethopians and the ugandans are flying the SU27 and MIG23 respectively and we pride ourself that we have an airforce. the truth is our airforce is more geared towards providing V.I.P services to govement dignitaries than being combat ready. thats why the V.I.P section of the airforce has top of the range executive jets (the dash series) backed by the Y12,while the fighter section makes do with obsolute F5s that are almost 30 years old and out of production.

  • Arms race in Africa:

    “The Kenyans have also taken delivery of a squadron of fifteen jet fighters which were acquired from Jordan, even though they are OBSOLETE fighter jets to revamp its fleet.”

    http://stratsisincite.wordpress.com/2010/08/12/arms-race-in-africa/

  • It should be noted that allegations of corruption in Kenya’s military procurement have not resulted in serious investigations, largely due to the fact that security and defense contracting is exempt from procurement regulations. However, some unresolved scandals are listed below:

    1. A Sh360 million helicopter servicing contract in South Africa. Military officers had argued that the contract was too extravagant and servicing the helicopters could be done locally. Kenya Air Force (KAF) went ahead to spend Sh108 million as a down payment for servicing the Puma helicopters, whose tail number is logged as 418 at Denel Aviation, a South African firm.

    2. A Sh4.1 billion Navy ship deal. A Navy project was given to Euromarine, a company associated with Anura Pereira, the tender awarded in a process that has been criticised as irregular. The tender was worth Sh4.1 billion. Military analysts say a similar vessel could have been built for Sh1.8 billion.

    3. The construction of Nexus, a secret military communication centre in Karen, Nairobi. The Government, through the Ministry of Transport, spent Sh2.6 billion (US$36.9 million) to construct the complex. Three years later, military personnel have not moved into the centre. A phantom company, Nedermar BV Technologies, which is said to have its headquarters in Holland, implemented the secret project. The tendering process for the Nexus project was circumvented.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_in_Kenya

    4. The recent Sh1.6 billion (US$20 million) tender awarded to a South African firm to procure Amored Personnel Carriers which ignored intructions from the Ministerial Tender Committee for restricted tendering and bypassed other competing companies.
    http://kenya.world-countries.net/archives/35104

    5. Alleged bribery during the recent recruitment of army personnel –
    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Heat%20on%20military%20over%20womans%20exit%20%20%20/-/1056/1044316/-/1e9kwf/-/index.html

  • Everytime we are attacked by oromo raiders or karamojong raiders nothing is done, the somali raiders stroll in to Kenya and take people and property and nothing is done, only appeals to release the cattle or people or property, why are we paying so dearly for a military that is not protecting us?

  • When was the last time Kenya was at war ????..When was the last time there was a serious probability of serious hunger in Kenya? The foolishness of the Defence Ministry and KAF to allocate such a vast amount of funds to buy junk jets when Kenyans are starving proves their lack of understanding of how the common man lives. Then only threat we have is internal from Mungiki thugs…why not allocate Sh15 billion to the police to raid Kenya of these fools the rest of the money allocate to food and developing our nation. Come 2012 all these idiots need to go.

  • “Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir, corruption worries me. The bigger the Budget, the more we must be careful that we do not get into possibilities of corruption. I read an article the
    other day about our police helicopters, which are going to be serviced at a cost of US$3 million. The new ones cost US$ 8 million. That is what India and Venezuela paid the other day. We should have put sufficient money to buy new helicopters for the police. Spending US$3 million for the second time— We spent a similar amount of money in our days in the Government! In our days, we even paid US$12 million. It is time we scrapped those helicopters that the Minister of State for Administration and National Security wants, and give him new ones instead of overhauling old junks at an inflated price! The Minister of State for Administration and National Security”.

  • Kihara for the response i’m going to post i hope that you have some rudimentary knowledge in military aviation. On Madaraka day, July 1st 2010, there was an unusual fly past of 5 F-5’s. For those of you that were keen enough you would have noticed that these birds had little canards protruding from their nose cones. On closer examination of other K.A.F tigers you will notice that they lack this canards. This were the F-5’s delivered from Jordan. Bear in mind that this air craft were delivered in January of this year.
    For those that process information selectively, i would like to remind you that no aircraft participated in the promulgation fly past because they were based in Nanyuki. Only rotary winged aircraft based at M.A.B Eastleigh participated in this flypast. Or was there a person that saw a Buffallo, a Y-12? or a Dash-8? No “senior” officer worth his salt who took the “kiapo cha uti” would jeopardise his position to issue statements to the press.
    To correct a common misconception, the K.A.F is not procuring secondhand F-5’s as the main superiority fighter these are meant as stopgap meausureto give us a numerical advantage over some neighbour that is procuring 4th generation fighters. The a suitable replacement fleet has been identified and it is on it’s way. I assure you, you will be proud to be among the select few to own this Fighters.
    About our transport vis-a-vis our fighter fleet we must take into consideration that in the 70’s when our Air Force expanded rapidly, fighter numbers were more than the transports. However as the years progressed and a possibility of an air war became less likely, emphasis shifted to making our forces more mobile. Hence the procurement of Y-12’s and new transport helicopters (the mi-171 and the Z-9-WHICH COINCIDENTALLY WERE REPORTED AS UNFLYABLE!)The Dash 8 can quickly be converted to troop transport and hence it is multi role.
    The time it takes for a military force to adapt to new weapons systems and develop effective strategies for their utilisation is longer than you may think. It is not about getting yourself to the war zone and shooting all over the damned place. As such we prudently do not wait for war to buy new equipment because believe me by the time the equipment is delivered the war would be lost.

  • T. Bett you are definitely an insider in matters concerning KAF. However, I am more concerned about the alleged corruption in purchasing the Jordanian fighters. What is your take on the Standard Newspaper report that they are not airborne?

    Again, what was the point of buying the “Jordanian junks” then spend more money in purchasing another replacement fleet as you noted above? “The a suitable replacement fleet has been identified and it is on it’s way.” All this beefing up bravado to “scare” neighboring countries just costs the taxpayer more.

    Am a civilian who does not understand military speak so the more technical you get the more I get concerned with the growing corruption in military procurement noted several times in the comments above.

  • Prices will always be inflated to benefit the brokers and maybe some guys at procurement but WE WILL NEVER BUY THINGS THAT DONT FLY. Some time last year, our pressmen were shouting themselves hoarse that the MV Faina was carrying tanks for South Sudan. Truth is a former colonial giant that was disgruntled when we failed to purchase the tanks they offered us, stage managed the whole episode to “teach us a lesson”. I maintain the F-5e’s from Jordan can and do fly and Standard newspaper should just name these “senior military officials who requested anonymity because they are not authorised to comment to the press” and clear the air once and for all.
    These “Jordanian Junk” have numerous advantages over our current “junk” that be utilised as a successful deterrent. Their radars allow them to fire and guide missiles that attack air craft beyond the pilots visual range. This is specifically the advantage that we hope to limit over our western soon-to-be-armed-with-SU30’s neighbor (Google the SU-30 and it’s capabilities). This step has been taken because the replacement fleet comes from a country with strong institutional guidance and hence by the time they get congressional approval and are finally in our hands our naughty neighbour may decide to take his new birds to raid our farms. For those of you that live near major air bases, you will notice some upgrading going on in readiness for our new guests. I hope i didn’t use any technical terms, Kihara

  • Thanks Bett for your clarification. I see you are staying put and hopefully providing correct info on this issue.We wait to see.

  • The truth is that senior politicians in the Kenyan Government in collaboration with senior military officials have since Independence corruptly made their billions from kickbacks that arise from purchasing second-hand, dilapidated aircrafts and other defence hardware from European/Asian Countries. And this has always been done with blessings from the overreaching Office of the President.

    Safety, functionality or technology is the last thing on these officials minds and you can now see the legacy of this corruption culture. Kenyans will pay with their lives.

  • i think we’ll all agree that the KAF fleet is way too old..besides, there’re modern versions of the f5, like the Brazilian f5em with advanced avionics and radar systems..so i don’t see how buying junk jets helps.so sad.

  • Military ‘ignored’ procurement body on Sh4bn deal

    By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU ashiundu@ke.nationmedia.com
    Posted Thursday, March 17 2011 at 14:06

    Kenya’s military ignored the procurement watchdog in the purchase of Sh4.5 billion worth of equipment, Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee was told Thursday.

    The Director General of the Public Procurement Oversight Authority Maurice Juma said despite requests to the Department of Defence to submit its list of purchases for the authority’s scrutiny, the DoD had remained mum.

    The authority, the committee was told, had sent three letters to the military bosses warning of possible flouting of procurement rules, but none has been replied to. The last correspondence was sent in January 2009, the PPOA boss said.

    Mr Juma added that the DoD has been opaque in all its dealings with the authority and more so regarding the controversial purchase of armoured cars, weapons systems for Kenya Navy ships, armoured personnel carriers and the F5 fighter jets.

    He noted that even in the instances where the military is allowed to operate in secrecy, for security reasons, “there is no mention” of the special vehicles and jets that were procured from companies and governments from Israel, Italy and Jordan.

    Committee chairman Adan Keynan led MPs Charles Kilonzo (Yatta), Benedict Gunda (Bahari), George Nyamweya (nominated), Wilson Litole (Sigor) and Gideon Konchellah (Kilgoris) in seeking answers as to why the watchdog had not taken action despite clear indications that the military had flouted procurement laws.

    The MPs said the authority ought not “complain” that the military ignored them, because they could turn to the House to ensure compliance with the law. They told the PPOA boss that if there were any inadequacies in the law, he just needed to point them out for Parliament to initiate appropriate amendments.

    Mr Juma also denied the Attorney General’s report to the committee that the authority was represented when officers from Kenya’s Government went to negotiate for the purchase of 15 aircraft in Amman, Jordan.

    The AG, Mr Charles Kilonzo told the PPOA boss, had told the committee that officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DoD, the State Law Office and the PPOA were involved in the deal.

    On Thursday, it emerged that the PPOA was operating without an advisory board six months after the expiry of the previous board’s term and that reminders to the Treasury that there was a vacuum were met with a simple response “that it was in the process of constituting a new board.”

    “If the government knows that a board’s tenure ends tomorrow, they should prepare names yesterday so that we don’t allow for a vacuum,” said Mr Litole.

    Mr Juma said he had reminded the Treasury earlier. The names, he said, will be tabled in Parliament for vetting as envisaged in the new Constitution regarding appointments to crucial public offices.

    The meeting came as Kenya’s Registrar of Companies informed the committee that there were no details of Union Logistics Limited, one of the companies that entered into a contract with Kenya’s military. In a baffling twist, the Registrar asked Parliament to provide reference numbers to crosscheck, because the company did not exist in the records or the database at Sheria House.

    The company’s director, Mr Hasmuka Radia appeared before the committee with his lawyer Mutula Kilonzo Jr, but without incorporation documents, proving their existence. The two said they had the document, but it might be a case of “missing files” at the Registrar’s office.

    The military procurement has been on the committee’s radar after whistleblowers from the DoD raised the red flag about the procurement, with many of them saying “the jets cannot fly”.

    The hearing continues on Monday next week in Parliament buildings.

    http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/-/1064/1127862/-/7pnuol/-/index.html

  • I am not sure what the very first commentator would thumbs up to a corrupt government to purchase an obsolete 22+ Years old F-5 airframes that with extensive upgrades would cost Keyna 50 Million plus 23M already paid to Jordan.

    F-5 is long gone and dead the use of F-5 by nations like brazil, jordan and Turkey is a stop gap not that they cannot buy new fighters. Have balls ask US to give you 14-16 F-16C/Ds along with training for ground/air crew and US men stationed until your men learn it better to keep the F-16s is fly worthy condition IF not F-5 is waste better spend it on SAMs.

  • Although the F-5s are now being used to fight Linda Nchi they are inferior to the most advanced Fighters on the African Continent being operated by the Ugandan Airforce.
    Kenyan politics cannot allow arming KDF with the best of assets even if the funds were available.
    Kibaki would never have spent $700,000,000 US Like Museveni did without EACC PIC KNHCR ODM WIPER PPOA etc etc whining how taxpayers money has been wasted in the ‘Scandal’

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