The Jubilee Party claims that National Super Alliance presidential candidate Raila Odinga is opposing the ballot printing tender after his preferred South African firm lost the tender to Dubai-based Al Ghurair.
Speaking in parliament, Jubilee MPs led by Majority Leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale said that Odinga was pushing for Paarl Media— the South African company to win the Sh2.5-billion contract, and was aggrieved that Al Ghurair won the lucrative tender.
Duale said that two directors of the company Ben Sachs and Peter Shailesh met Odinga thrice in December 2015 and twice in April 2016 and that they struck a deal to have him vouch for the company to be awarded the deal.
According to Duale, the firm agreed to contribute Sh1 billion to Odinga campaign, on conditions that it was awarded the tender.
At the same time, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) through Chairman Kiprono Kittony has confirmed that it hosted Majid Saif Al Ghurair in his capacity as chairman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and linked him to pay a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in October 2016, but no ballot tender was discussed.
IEBC has declined to cancel the Sh2.5 billion ballot paper printing contract awarded to the Dubai firm, saying that it was a done deal.