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Kenyan military on the spot over defective Jordan aircraft

King Abdullah II of Jordan (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta follow activities during a joint military training at Embakasi Garrison in Nairobi on September 26,2016. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | FILE
King Abdullah II of Jordan (left) and President Uhuru Kenyatta follow activities during a joint military training at Embakasi Garrison in Nairobi on September 26,2016. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | FILE 

Kenya's military bought seven defective combat aircraft from the Royal Jordan Air Force it has not used for the past 10 years, bringing into question whether the public got value for money in the 2007 deal.

Auditor-General Edward Ouko says audit verification of the aircraft, procured at an initial cost of $15,291,503 (Sh1.58 billion at current rate), shows that the defects identified at the time of delivery had not been rectified as at the date of inspection in June 2016.

“An audit verification of the aircraft was carried out in June 2016 at Laikipia Air Base and…audit of fuel and servicing records indicate that the seven aircraft have not been in operation from the time they were procured,” Mr Ouko says in a qualified audit opinion that has been submitted to Parliament.

The report, dated March 16, 2017, shows that the Ministry of Defence procured the aircraft, related services and spare parts through government-to-government negotiations and several signed contracts.

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