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BY EURIDICE NZIOKA,NAIROBI,16TH JAN 2018-High court in Nairobi on Tuesday suspended a decision terminating the multi-billion shilling contract for the printing of new currency notes awarded to British firm De la Rue.This is a major boost and relieve for De La Rue and the central bank of Kenya as it now clears way for the commencement of the printing process.
In his ruling Justice George Odunga said the decision by the Public Procurement Administrative Review Board will remain suspended pending hearing and determination of the two cases pending in court. “Leave is hereby granted to both applicants to file substantive applications within five days,” the judge ruled.
He issued the orders after parties told him they wanted the matter expedited since it’s in the interest of justice. “What is at stake here is the printing of new currency pursuant to the constitution” lawyer Fred Ngatia appearing for De La Rue said.
The judge directed parties to go back to court on Friday, January 19 for further directions. CBK and the printing firm had filed separate cases, but the judge said the two matters will be heard together as they seek similar orders.
CBK is accusing PPARB of acting illegally and irrationally.
The procurement watchdog had nullified the Sh10 billion-a-year tender award to De La Rue International last Monday, on grounds that the tendering rules were not adhered to.