African Development Bank (AfDB) has debarred Sino-Kenya Engineering Group Company Limited and its Managing Director, Yuehua Bai, over fraudulent practices.
The debarment of the firm and its managing director, with effect from 19 August, 2021, will run for 36 months, according to the bank.
The bank said its Integrity and Anti-Corruption office established that the company and Bai engaged in fraudulent practices during a tender for the design and building work for Nandi Hills Water Supply and Sanitation Project under the Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme.
‘During the debarment period, Sino-Kenya Engineering Group Company Limited and its affiliates as well as Mr Yuehua Bai will be ineligible to participate in bank group-financed projects’, AfDB said in a statement announcing the debarment.
‘Additionally, the debarment qualifies for cross-debarment by other multilateral development banks under the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions, including the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank Group.
‘At the expiry of the debarment period, Sino-Kenya Engineering Group Company Limited will only be eligible to resume participation in African Development Bank Group-financed projects after implementing an integrity compliance programme consistent with the bank’s guidelines; and in the case of Mr Yuehua Bai, after completing an accredited business integrity training’.
Data from Water.org, a global nonprofit, shows that 32 percent of Kenyans rely on unimproved water sources, such as ponds, shallow wells and rivers, while 48 percent of Kenyans lack access to basic sanitation solutions.
According to the World Bank, barely half of Kenya’s urban population has access to water, less than a third has access to improved sanitation, and only 40 percent of Nairobi is connected to a sewerage system.
The Kenya Towns Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Programme aims to improve access, quality, availability and sustainability of water supply in 19 towns and wastewater management services in 17 towns.
The project is co-financed by AfDB’s African Development Fund and the government of Kenya.
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