National Oil bad gas cylinders: Were blacklisted firm cylinders offloaded to a cleared firm?

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After last Friday expose by ‘Business Daily’ on excessive faulty gas cylinders supplied to National Oil Corporation of Kenya, the parastatal issued an even worrying statement. 

It only said that it had blacklisted one of the four local consortium members – Allied but did not revoke the entire contract as expected.

NOCK went ahead to demand that the firm repairs the more than 67,000 defective units “at its cost”.

But the major question remains – did Allied offload all its cylinders to another company called Surge- which has been cleared for the second tender?

The #GasYetu Sh3 billion project was meant to supply poor homes with the 3kg and 6kg gas cylinders to be refilled by National Oil at a subsidized price offering.

It’s not clear the criteria National Oil uses to allocate the cylinders and whether the beneficiaries can be easily traced 

Our earlier request to the company to organize an information, education and communication public forum on the project was never responded to – 3 weeks ago.

But it’s the safety question of the said gas cylinders that is most worrying even as integrity questions begin to emerge on the tender process and the interests that shrouded the compromise on the quality of the locally assembled cylinders.

‘Business Daily quoting an internal report at National Oil revealed that over 67,000 of the already supplied 185,000 units were defective 

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