Kenya’s Public Procurement Administrative Review Board (PPARB) has cancelled a parking contract for the installation, operation, and maintenance of an automated car park system at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The public procurement watchdog said that the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) did not abide by the procurement rules when it awarded the contract to Kenya Airports Parking Services (KAPS) in September last year.

The PPARB also disqualified KAPS from participating in the tender process, reported businessdailyafrica.com.

KAPS had competed with six other bidders to win the contract.

“JKIA manages approximately 12,000 vehicles per day, but the authority says just under 3,000 parking spaces are available.”

Other bidders included Mason Services and joint venture partner Qntra Technology, Automatic Park Services, Atlancis Technologies, and Paytech.

The PPARB has asked KAA to re-evaluate the bidders afresh.

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Mason Services and Qntra Technology had urged the PPARB to review and nullify the contract, claiming that its award was fraudulent on the grounds that KAPS is a foreign company.

However, KAPS termed the action of the review board as illegal and outside the jurisdiction of PPARB and filed a case in a local court.

The KAA renewed KAPS’ contract in September 2018 following the disqualification of Endeavour Africa (K) for submitting bogus papers.

JKIA manages approximately 12,000 vehicles per day, but the authority says just under 3,000 parking spaces are available.