Architectural Association Of Kenya (AAK) Challenges Discriminatory Procurement Process for Nairobi ITS Project

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The Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) has penned a protest letter addressed to the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), expressing profound discontent over the alleged discriminatory procurement process for the Nairobi Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) project. The letter, dated February 9, 2024, highlights concerns regarding the exclusion of all interested parties except those of Chinese nationality.

The protest letter by the Architectural Association of Kenya comes in the wake of the recent establishment and launch of an independent Chinese Developers Association in Kenya (CDAK). The AAK questions the necessity of such an association, suggesting it could have been integrated into the existing Kenya Property Developers Association (KPDA). The formation of CDAK, coupled with the restrictive procurement process, raises eyebrows within the local business community and prompts AAK’s call for action.

Architectural Association of Kenya protest letter for the Nairobi ITS Project.

In its correspondence, AAK strongly recommends the withdrawal of the Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) to rectify its non-compliance with established legal frameworks and to uphold the principles of transparency. The association advocates for a renewed tendering process that embraces inclusive participation criteria. This, according to AAK, would ensure fair competition and empower local businesses to actively contribute to the development of the Nairobi ITS project.

Architectural Association of Kenya protest letter for the Nairobi ITS Project.

The letter by AAK underscores the importance of fostering an environment of equitable opportunity and fair competition within Kenya’s procurement processes. AAK’s stance resonates with broader sentiments within the business community, highlighting the need for transparent and inclusive practices in government projects.

As the issue gains traction, stakeholders eagerly await KURA’s response to the protest letter by AAK and anticipate potential revisions to the procurement process for the Nairobi ITS project.

Stay tuned for further developments on this story.

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