KEBS bank accounts frozen after new court order

Trouble brewing at KEBS

Kebs Boss Benard Njiraini

The courts have frozen bank accounts belonging to the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS).

The order comes as part of the proceedings of an 11-year court battle between the Bureau and Dubai based firm Geo-Chem Middle East.

The Supreme Court had ordered KEBS to pay the Dubai firm Sh2 billion for breach of contract charges.

KEBS had contracted Geo-Chem to inspect the quality of petroleum products entering the country at the Mombasa port in 2009.

A year later, KEBS terminated the contract citing a hike in the prices of petroleum caused by dealers.

An arbitral tribunal ruled in favour of the Dubai firm awarding it a sum of Sh1.6 billion in 2016.

KEBS would later challenge the ruling at the High Court where Justice John Mativo upheld a prior decision to freeze the accounts.

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