Two companies are locked in battle for a multi-billion shilling contract by the Kenya Airports Authority for the installation, operation and maintenance of an automated car park system at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
KAA awarded the contract last September to Kenya Airports Parking Services (KAPS) after it beat six other bidders. The others included Mason Services Limited and joint venture partner Qntra Technology, Automatic Park Services Ltd, Atlancis Technologies, Paytech Ltd, Com Twenty One joint venture with Servest Facilities Services Ltd, and Endeavour Africa Kenya Ltd joint venture with East African Parking Ltd. Mason and partner Qntra Technology want the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) to review and nullify the contract. Mason claims the award was fraudulent since KAPS’ shareholding is controlled by a foreign company known as KAPS Holdings Mauritius.
Through Oyugi and Co Advocates, Mason says KAA acted contrary to the principles of fairness and transparency in awarding a tender “to a foreign company at the expense of local contractors.”
But KAA, through lawyer Margaret Munene, argues that ownership of a company and not place of registration determines whether it is local or foreign.
JKIA handles about 12,000 vehicle movements daily, but the Authority says just under 3,000 parking spaces are available, leading to congestion.