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MPs stop Sh212m pay to former radio queen Angela Angwenyi


Parliament has directed the Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs ministry not to pay a firm associated with former radio presenter Angela Angwenyi until the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) concludes investigations into her firm’s Sh302 million contract.

Public Accounts Committee chairman Nicholas Gumbo asked the ministry’s accounting officer, Principal Secretary Lillian Amollo and National Youth Service (NYS) director Richard Ndubai not to release Sh212 million balance to Out of the Box Solutions Limited until the anti-graft watchdog files a report on how it secured the advertisement contract.

Ms Angwenyi on Wednesday told PAC that the ministry had so far paid Sh90.7 million. PHOTO | FILE
Ms Angwenyi on Wednesday told PAC that the ministry had so far paid Sh90.7 million. PHOTO | FILE

Out of the Box had won a consultancy contract for user support services and sensitisation campaigns to enhance access to the 30 per cent of government tenders reserved for women, youth and the disabled.

She said the EACC had stopped the ministry from making payments pending conclusion of its investigations into the contract.

The PAC directive followed failure by Ms Omollo and Mr Ndubai to produce request for proposals (RFP) documents for three firms that controversially won contracts to provide consultancy services during the rebranding of the NYS.