It now emerges that Kenya might face another challenge in its bid to begin exporting oil to the neighbouring countries through the Kisumu port.
According to experts, the Kisumu oil jetty which should be ready by June has a series of serious flaws, including poor construction which makes it unfit for the job.
The jetty construction was commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta but as it appears, it lacks necessary features despite having gobbled Ksh1.7 billion of taxpayers money.
The jetty also lacks firefighting equipment and provisions for spillage.
According to a report by detectives, it has been fitted with improper pipes which will apparently take 32 hours to fill a 4.2 million litre barge instead of the required 4.
"Jetties are standard worldwide and the Kisumu jetty doesn't meet the requisite standards. There are no dedicated pumps for ship loading.
We observed that existing pumps for truck loading have been connected to ship-loading operations," reads a recent report by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as was seen by the Nation.
The report adds that the poor workmanship will also limit the jetty to only one truck or ship loading at a particular time which will make the process longer and slower.
The National Assembly Energy Committee last week heaped the blame on the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), accusing it of possible mischief in the whole process.
The commission claimed that the company refused to surrender tendering documents related to the same for viewing when they toured the jetty on Friday.
As an oversight committee, we wanted to look at the documentation on the construction and tendering and variations.
Initially, KPC intended to construct the jetty internally, bought some equipment and material but later awarded a contract for the same," said the committee chair and Nakuru East MP David Gikaria.
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