What CS Juma asked Parliament to do over Sh3.5 billion police scandal

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CS Monica Juma during a past appearance at Parliament

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma on Tuesday asked Parliament to clear her name from the controversial case where Sh3.5 billion comprehensive group life insurance cover was given to the police and prison officers.

Juma, who appeared before the Public Accounts Committee, explained that she had no part in the awarding of the contract and thus her name should be cleared of any wrong doing.

“I have no reason to impute illegality into this contract.

“The conclusion reached by the committee that I be reprimanded is an apportionment of blame that is erroneous,” stated Juma.

Auditor General Edward Ouko had released a report that indicated the cover issued was found to be irregular.

The Foreign Affairs CS pointed out that the matter should be addressed to the accounting officer at the Interior Ministry and the then Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo when the contract was signed in 2014.

“I was not the PS under whose tenure this contract was signed.

“This was done under the competent hand of a PS and if there are issues, then he is the best-suited person to answer,” remarked the Foreign Affairs CS.

Britam insurance company bid rejected over documents

The contract had been awarded to Pioneer Assurance Company which ran from 2014 to 2016.

The controversy in the case was as a result of the PS giving the contract to the highest bidder.

Pioneer quoted Sh1.747 billion in annual fees compared to Britam’s Sh629 million.

Pioneer had beaten Britam Insurance company to the bid in what had been described as Britam not being able to meet the requirements needed hence could not be evaluated.

Iringo had revealed that in the event a company could not go through the evaluation stage, the bid is considered invalid and thus Britams bid could not be categorized as the highest or lowest.

Pioneer had continued to provide the cover to the officers which ranged from Sh8 million for lower-cadre officers to Sh200 million for high ranking officers.

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